Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with the way LeBron James has gone about his business over the past month or so. The whole ESPN “The Decision” gimmick was an abomination and I think he should have avoided making such a spectacle out of leaving his home state to play in South Beach. However, I don’t see what all the buzz is about surrounding the one-page newspaper ad LeBron ran in the Akron Beach Journal thanking his home town for their love and support.
Considering Cleveland fans have been burning his jersey and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert pretty much said he thinks LeBron is the worst human being on the planet with his letter to Cavs fans, why should LeBron thank all of Cleveland? Sure, he didn’t bring them a championship and he said he would, but what makes him owe them a thank you anymore than they owe him one? He may or may not have quit during the playoffs and folded his Cleveland career a few days earlier, but to say fans and members of the Cavs organization have overreacted a little since his departure would be an understatement.
LeBron may owe Cavs fans a tiny bit more than they owe him only because he promised to bring them a championship and didn’t, but what player wouldn’t say something like that? At the end of the day, he went to the team that he believes gives him the best shot at a ring, which is what an NBA career is supposed to be about. If he left for money, it’d be a different story. He took less money (in terms of salary) and left for a better situation. Let’s not add his lack of a gratitude toward Cleveland fans as further support for the argument that he’s a complete
LeBron Thanks Akron with Full Page Newspaper Ad, Basically Gives a Huge Middle Finger to Cleveland [The Big Lead]