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Buh-Bye LeBron

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Cleveland didn't waste any time taking down the 10-story-tall banner of former Cavaliers player LeBron James.

The NBA star announced this week that he was leaving the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, which disappointed and downright angered many of his fans who had followed his career since he was a teenager. Many felt he had betrayed his hometown and handled his move to Miami in a shady manner. Some went so far as burning the two-time MVP's jersey and even threw rocks at the iconic mural.

"My mom wanted us to get a picture of it before they brought it down," said Kayla Mack of Norwalk, Ohio. "It's very bittersweet."

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert posted a letter to fans criticizing James for "a several-day narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of the decision unlike anything ever 'witnessed' in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment."

He later said in an interview:

"LeBron James needs to go to another team with two superstars already so he can win a championship. We will win a championship before (the Heat) do. … It's not about him leaving. It's the disrespect. It's time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I've been holding this all in for a long time."

We say good riddance!

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95 comments to “Buh-Bye LeBron”

  1. 1

    How disrespectful for Lebron to make a choice for himself… Get real.

  2. 2

    hahaha Basketball makes me laugh.

  3. 3

    yeah how disrespectful of him. he betrayed northeast ohio not by leaving, but by not responding to gilberts calls for the past month, ignoring the new cavs coach, and secretly having this deal with the heat for the past months…most likely since winter….hes ridiculous. the nba commission should come in. glad theres now only 4 teams that are able to compete. what has the nba come to?

  4. 4

    I agree with 1 & 2.

  5. 5

    Lebron had this planned for a long time. Mid season when he announced that he was changing his number to #6…that was weird. Now we know why. He, Wade and Bosch had this planned for months. So for him to put his hometown and other teams in the position of begging and pleading, when all along he knew he was indeed leaving…very low class.


  6. 6

    so sad

  7. 7

    What about the fact that LeBron is taking less money to become a champion? We all complain about how for some athletes, it is all about the money, and here LeBron is going to a team for a smaller paycheck just so he can win a championship. The Cavs had tunnel vision and only worried about his paycheck, rather than spending the money on a decent team to back LeBron up.

    So yes, I would teach my children that it is better to go for the pride of a championship rather than cash to stay at a job with a nutjob like that for a boss.

    (I do realize Lebron makes a ton in endorsements, but those endorsements may disappear now that he is a "villian".)

  8. 8

    for everyone who is hating on LeBron what the heck is wrong with you?! I know that the ohio fans are hurting they lost their only chance… yeah so that sucks, but DO NOT hate on someone for bettering their career. Who has a dream of being mediocre their whole career? Someone with his talent deserves to be playing among others with is abilities. So good job to LeBron. Cant wait to see him, bosh, and wade tear it up!

    Oh and really… the cavs owner needs to quit being an effing baby and grow some balls!

  9. 9

    Good job Mario! This is the first time you have posted about an athlete that wasn't a gay icon like Cristiano Ronaldo or Dave Beckham

  10. m.j says – reply to this


    Wth, is the big deal?

  11. 11

    Being a native Buckeye, along with the fact that my dear father and stepmother were such fans of his, I, too, say that, hopefully for his sake, LeBron was careful not to let the door hit his ass on his way out of Cleveland.

  12. 12

    LeBron owes Cleveland nothing. He's free to accept any offer made to him.
    It's very unlikely that he would stay in one city for his entire career anyway.
    Of course he wants to win a championship. Most athletes do!!!
    Shame on New Yorkers for booing him while he attended a wedding there. He owes New York nothing either.

  13. 13

    He made a career decision get over it. Didn't he play there for 7 years? I say that's enough time to show his loyalty he is not responsible for the whole city. I've never seen such stupidness from so many people. He did what millions of people do everyday or would you like it if someone told you what career decisions to make. He's an adult its his life and his choice!

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  15. 15

    Re: Nothing333 – Good one lol

  16. 16

    [re=5197900]Re: Michiep21[/r And I agree with you

  17. 17

    Lebron is a sell-out. Look at the greatest players of all time, Jordan, Kobe, Magic, Bird, West, etc. These guys didn't bail out on their teams. Before MJ went to the Bulls they sucked balls and even when he was on the team they lost to the Pistons time after time again in the playoffs but Jordan stuck it out, and I believe that is a huge reason that his legacy is so powerful. Lebron could not win a championship in Ohio WHERE HE WAS BORN so he's leaving to team up with two other superstars.. Miami will never love lebron like they love D-Wade. Wade RUNS Miami he OWNS it. Lebron will simply be the Robin to D-Wades Batman. Now, even if he does win next year or for the new few years, he will never be THAT guy. He will never be the hero that brought his team a championship. His legacy is dead. He abandoned the place who stood by him no matter what, the way he did it was so wrong, and the "special" that he did on TV was basically nothing more than a huge FUCK YOU to the city of Cleveland. If I lived there, I would burn his jersey too.

  18. 18

    Why are people acting like he broke his contract? The owner needs to shut up and re-direct his energy to look for better players that can make people want to watch his team. If I were Lebron, I would put on a shirt that says "I'm in MIAMI biiiaaatttchhh"

  19. 19

    That's why it's called "free agency". Get over it already. Sounds like the new coach is a complete bastard for making it personal.

  20. 20

    Basketball is a business. Lebron made a business decision. He wanted to win a championship, played his best with what he had in Cleveland, but didn't work out. It's still a free county. One can decide with who and where to work.

  21. 21

    Cleveland's a shit hole at the best of times. I certainly don't blame him for wanting to get the fuck out. The trailer parky people in Cleveland are fucking jealous, that's all. They're stuck in that stinking shit abyss. Nobody deliberately wants to live in Cleveland, at least anybody with a will to live does.
    Good for LeBron !!

  22. 22

    All the way down here in Australia, we are a tad disappointed as well. And by 'we' I mean my housemate who LOVES basketball. Him and nobody else from what I can tell haha

    The fact that I have even a clue what this is about is nothing short of amazing. lol.

  23. 23

    Perez, aren't you happy about this move? Seeing as you claim you'lre from Miami, i don't get a happy, excited vibe from your postsss… And for all you haters out there keep burning those jerseys because we know how bad it must hurt, OOOOWWWWWW!!! Keep hating Bitches!!!!! Miami loves it.

  24. 24

    perez….stop talking about things you know nothing about!! you are suck a fucking moron. besides if Gilbert thought he was such a bad role model and such a quitter than why would he want him back on his team anyways?

    oh wait that's right….because lebron made his ass hundreds of millions of dollars since he played in that dump Cleveland and what have they brought in to help him win a championship? jamison? shaq? please, that owner has some nerve talking all that shit when he'd have been begging people to come to cavalier games the past 7 years if it wasn't for lebron's ass playing there. he gave him no help and now he's mad that he has moved on.

    gilbert got his return phone call right before lebron announced his decision and that's all he deserved. gilbert's weak attempt at trying to guilt lebron into staying by having pitiful fans line the streets with signs begging lebron to stay in cleveland was almost as low as that bullshit statement he released.

    fuck gilbert, fuck cleveland, and fuck perez! lebron shouldn't have to waste all that talent in a dump like cleveland!

  25. 25

    You're quite a few days late on this. Also the people that don't understand how what he did is disrespectful obviously dont watch basketball or know anything about lebron james. Go away.

  26. 26

    The fact that he left isnt why its disrespectful. Its the way he did it. All you kiddos are retarded. Shhh.

  27. 27

    you can't blame a guy for wanting to win. we understanding people of toronto did not react as selfishly as those retarded clevelanders when chris bosh decided to leave because its impossible to win here just like that craphole cleveland

  28. 28

    being that i'm from cleveland, i think that everyone who is talking about us being pissed because he made a career decision and how we had him for 7 years, what more did we want needs to look a little closer into why we are angry. i don't care that he's leaving, he can do whatever he wants and if winning a championship is most important to him and he thinks he can do it best in miami then fine. people from cleveland are upset that he embarrassed us and our city the way that he did on national television. barely even letting his former team know that he had chosen (probably long before thursday) to leave. if he wasn't such a self-centered child who loves all the drama and attention on himself, he wouldn't have needed to do that in front of the nation in an hour long special on espn. i say thank god he left, he can take his big ego and let dwayne wade win that championship for him.

  29. 29

    Re: shialover – you're a dumb bitch….kobe threatened to leave LA unless they brought him some help fool…..FAIL!!!! oh and all those other great players you mentioned, they were all given help….lebron wasnt dumbass!

  30. 30

    i was born in Akron and currently live in Cleveland. There are no words for how both of these cities are feeling right now. Both of these cities have given Lebron their all for the past seven years. He is pretty much treated like a god in Cleveland, and has given a new hope in both cities. 20, 000 ppl come out to each of the games to support him. Cleveland fans are the most loyal sports fans in the world. Clevelanders honestly feel like theyve been stabbed in the back for their loyalty. Unless you live here, you cannot understand how truly betrayed all of us feel. and yes Cleveland is an extremely poor city, but we have also been the best fans possible for the past seven years. Lebron will never receive this kind of love in Miami. He was born here, raised here, and loved here. We really have lost our hero.

  31. 31

    Maybe he moved because he wants to date a Kardashian? =P

  32. 32

    seriously, cleveland needs to get over it. lebron doesn't have to stay there because of the loyalty of the fans, he's an athlete and he wants to win. you can't blame him for wanting a championship. cleveland made no effort to get him a supporting cast that would help make that happen. If they wanted him to stay so badly they should have taken the free agency period a little more seriously to get some other big names in cleveland. no one seems to remember when kobe was demanding to be traded from the lakers, and why you ask?? because he won 2 championships since then. An athlete can say he's not out there to win, but that's a lie. Winning is all anyone cares about. The fans of cleveland and especially the owner needs to get over it. Maybe you should blame yourselves for him leaving. he's the best thing that could have ever happened to your city and you let him leave. that's your fault, no one elses.

  33. 33

    LeBron doesn't owe Cleveland or the state of Ohio JACK SHIT!!! I'm glad he left Cleveland cause ain't shit there anyways. That team wasn't doing anything but sucking the talent out of him and contributing nothing in return. If they really wanted him to stay, they would have found some good player besides those inconsistent fuckers he was playing with and helped him win a championship for Cleveland. Instead they decided to do nothing and expect him to win it all by himself. Basketball doesn't work like that. All the best players have had help and if since they didn't seem willing to get him some, he went somewhere where he could. Get over it!

  34. 34

    Re: umyeah – LMAO!! School that ass!!

  35. 35

    I agree, what did people expect? He made the best choice for himself.

  36. 36

    Re: shialover – if the bulls hadn't been winners or if the lakers sucked, Jordan and Kobe would had left too. get over it people he didn't sell out he switched teams its done all the time

  37. 37

    I think hes just using "Winning a Championship" as an excuse. The real reason he wants to go to Miami is because Miami has better weather, is a more exciting city and has a lot more hot ass chicks. Hes young and wants to have some fun and i dont blaim him.

  38. 38

    Ummmmmm…… Bitter Much?

  39. 39

    Re: urmothr – LOL thxs for bringing that up no one cared that Bosh left Toronto there was no up roar or anything. It was like okay Bosh left moving on lol.

  40. 40

    It doesn't seem that many of you understand why ohioans are so upset over Lebron leaving. He didn't EVER make him playing basketball in Cleveland about business until now. He is free to leave and I'm sure it wouldn't have been such a big deal if he would have left in a classier manner instead of publicly embarrassing the city of Cleveland. He was the one superstar in the entire state of Ohio and he gave everyone something to hope for. He gave up in the playoffs against Boston this year and with that gave up on Cleveland. Him leaving will also have a strong effect on the city economically. So I don't blame him for leaving but I do blame him for being an asshole.

  41. 41


  42. 42

    Re: shialover – YOU ARE AN IDIOT! you are only reiterating what you heard on sportscenter!! MICHAEL JEFFERY JORDAN NEVER BECAME A FREE AGENT!! EVER! People are always trying to do that comparison, but there will never be another MJ!! LeBron wants a ring so he is doing whatever to get it! Cleveland "owner" Dan Gilbert talks loyalty but FIRED his winningest coach and an exceptional GM for what… no ring… SO LEBRON LEFT FOR THE SAME REASON!!! All the greats you mentioned played on great TEAMS!! they never had just that one superstar, not even MJ!! LeBron was a free agent and he did what he could, yeah the special was gaudy… but he can do it so why not? YOU WOULD DO IT TOO IF YOU COULD! There is no such thing as loyalty in professional sports, thats why teams get rid of you when you lose your ability! LEARN SPORTS AND STOP ACTING LIKE YOU KNOW SHIT!! THANKS

  43. 43

    I'm sorry, but I don't get what the big deal is at all. He switched teams. Athletes do that all the time. It's not his fault the public made such a gigantic deal of it all. The fact that he went from one of the most beloved athletes to one of the most hated in a day is ridiculous. Its not like he beat his wife, or cheated on her, or did something arrest-worthy. He switched teams. That's all. So why is he getting more hate than athletes who have done the aforementioned things have?

  44. 44

    He's free to go. But the way he did it certainly was narcissistic & shamelessly self-promotional.

  45. 45

    The King left to become a Queen to Dwayne Wade

  46. 46

    The fact is that during the past two years Lebron wouldn't confirm that he was staying in Ohio. Because of this silence, free agents at the time were uneasy about joining the Cavs. Had Lebron spoken up and told everyone that he was staying then the Cavs could have potentially attracted skilled basketball players and therefore have a much better chance at winning the championship. In reality, Lebron probably never really wanted to win a championship in ohio because then he would have no legitimate reason to leave (he said his reasons for leaving was to win). He wanted out of Ohio and handled his exit in a sleazy and ungrateful way which is why Cleveland hates him.

  47. 47

    don't worry about it Cleveland, 10 years ago when we (Seattle) lost A-Rod to texas (for 252 million, wtf) we ended tying the all time win record the next year. People threw monopoly money every time the Rangers came to town for YEARS. it was great. I had respect for LeBron before his "special" on espn, that was ridiculous. you're better off without a narcissistic athlete. go ahead and let him "take his talents to south beach".

  48. 48

    People need to get over it… its not the end of the world

  49. 49

    lebron can't beat them so he joined them

  50. 50

    I think LeBron did a wonderful job, good luck to him and the stars at Miami! Cant wait to see them tear it up on the court! Ohio suck it up and learn to play basketball!

  51. whoev says – reply to this


    Who gives a rat's hind foot about where LeBron James goes? It is a GAME. It has no effect on the world. This has been in the news more than the economy, the two wars we're in, the oil spill, etc. It's ridiculous. Has America lost its freaking mind?

  52. whoev says – reply to this


    Re: jajajajared – Exactly!

  53. 53

    I am from Cleveland and I am not so mad at his leaving, but the way he went about it…seems pretty sneaky mean to air this on national tv….the fans here did not deserve to be told like this….I say good riddance!

  54. 54

    and jesse jackson only read what he wanted into Dan Glibert's letter…I did not see any raceism I think he must be a racist to even say what he did!

  55. 55

    Re: klOUbobcat – I agree

  56. 56

    Re: GeorgiaB – you know nothing!

  57. 57

    a decision made soley for the cash… and the chance to be on a winning team… I guess loyalty and respect mean nothing to him… classic!

  58. 58

    I'm sorry, when did he rape and kill children?

  59. 59

    Oh wahhhhh wahhhh wahhhhh are people really getting their panties in a wad over basketball?? Don't they have anything better to do? I think it's so pathetic when people get irate over an athlete making a decision for himself and his career. Move on.

  60. 60

    Re: MJJ – Yeah. I don't really understand the hate…:s

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  62. 62

    OK people need to calm the fuck down over this. It's HIS life, HE can go wherever he fucking wants, and if YOU don't like it then too bad. I don't even watch basketball, and THESE are reasons why, the fans are fucking stupid!!!!! Throwing rocks at his mural? Burning a jersey of his, that you paid for? That is moronic.
    IF you don't like what he did DON"T support him anymore, but stop acting like children about it. It's not your life…. and if this is ruining your life, then you definitely don't have one……

  63. 63

    Re: rachel0 – So you wanted him to lie and say he was staying with the cavs, so that it would attract other players,…. and then he would say "whoopppsss Sorry guys LIED to you… I am leaving"
    YAH that would have been better. you idiot

  64. 64

    Re: hateseveryone07 – UMMMM you have nick lachey still. be proud! hahahaha

  65. 65

    He left because Delonte West was sleeping with his mom….he quit during the playoffs when he found out…good riddance

  66. 66

    Re: shialover – LOLOLOL— wow you need to take some ativan or something, you are way too worked up about this…. You need something in your life that means something if you are getting so upset over someone who doesn't give two fucks about you…. not in the way you are implying either…

  67. 67

    Re: bebita777 – yah becasue we all know that its worse to switch teams in basketball, then to rape someone (kobe)

  68. 68

    PS: basketball is the worst sport known to man.. BORING as fuck.

  69. ozmed says – reply to this


    Was a banner that huge really necessary? Seems like a waste of money.

  70. 70

    Re: moonbeamtwinkie
    VERY well put! I agree 100%

  71. 71

    This asshole made a huge spectacle of his "decision" and pulling the heartstrings of his Cleveland fans. All Cleveland had was Lebron… we will RISE UP from this as we always do. Screw you, LBJ. Get a better PR rep.

  72. 72

    Fuck Miami, go Spurs!!!

  73. 73

    This whole episode just shows how stupid sports can make people. And I'm talking about fans. IT'S A FREAKING GAME PEOPLE!!! THere are so much more important things in life and people are freaking out over a man's decision to leave a team and go to another. Society is being dumbed down by a GAME. IT'S JUST A GAME!!!!

  74. 74

    Mr. Gilbert, please stop acting like the angry slave master who slave was emancipated! We all know Cleveland’s "bread-n-butter" is gone! It is NOT disrespectful to leave a team when your contract has ended….He is a grown man, making a grown discussion….geesh!

  75. 75

    Re: GAYCANUCK – he would have made more money at any of the other teams and the most if he stayed in Cleveland you fucking dumb bitch….why don't you stick to talking about things you know about like lady gaga and lohan and leave the sports to others who know what they are talking about

  76. 76

    Re: TRicks720 – ….really? you're going for the slave/slave owner thing, in this situation? you racist piece of shit.

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  78. 78

    98% of athletes do not play for their home team..FFS cmon..I also love the

    "We say good riddance!" quote..Perez doesn't know a thing about basketball, He doesn't care. Who probably can only name 3 NBA players. He's just hoping in on the hate bandwagon as always..

  79. 79

    Clevelanders never forget or forgive when it comes to sport teams.

  80. 80

    People who are forgetting that Cleveland gave him his chance at the pros…he could have at least went about this another way with out acting like Cleveland is shit! I am glad hes gone and Cleveland will survive..!!

  81. 81

    Re: Nothing333 – how are we disrespecting Lebron when he didn't even have the balls to tell the team he played for, for so many years that he decided to go elsewhere????????????? You have no idea what he has done to ohio at all. your an ass

  82. 82

    I am from Ohio and I proud Cavs fan. I hope our team can pull out of this doldrum bullshit and get it together and win a championship. more than one superstar on a team does not mean they will win at all. Look at the Nuggets. Need I say any more?

  83. 83

    Re: moonbeamtwinkie
    IT IS ALWAYS about the $$ with these jocks!!
    If he does win that chapionshipt… don't you think that will raise his pay??!! YES!

  84. 84

    Everyone making the argument that the organization could not bring in any good players…newsflash! LeBron is the one that wanted Shaq, Mo, Antawn, etc. to come play for the Cavs. Whatever/whoever LeBron wanted, he got. So STFU.

  85. 85

    Wow, the majority of the people on here are idiots. Especially the ones who are attacking me. First off- I am not "reiterating what I heard off sportscenter". I was simply stating my opinion and if you don't like it, that's nice =) i don't really care, makes no difference to my life. NEWSFLASH: Kobe threatened to leave, but he didn't did he? Look at DIRK, if anyone deserves a ring it's him and I am not even a Mavericks fan. You people need to get off Lebrons balls, and get off the Miami bandwagon.. I know all the great players I stated had great players around them, but Lebron got every single player he wanted, Cleveland was doing EVERYTHING to keep him. Like I said before, great players MAKE their team great. The Bulls were a piece of shit organization, Jordan MADE it what it is. He didn't desert his team or give up on them, he tried, tried, tried, and tried again and when he won it mean something and he will go down as the best because of all the contributions he made to that team and the fact that he STUCK with them. Lebron just wants to win as many championships as he can regardless of whether or not they mean anything.

  86. 86

    Re: themadprincess – agree 100 percent!

  87. 87

    Re: shialover – Couldn't have said it better myself! You're so right. Most people on here obviously don't know what they're talking about.

  88. 88

    Re: getoutofhere – HAHAHAHA wow you're fucking dumb as shit. Dan Gilbert dedicated his life to getting Lebron a fucking legit team and GUESS WHAT he fucking did it too. You're obviously a fool. Cavs didn't have the best record in the league for two years ONLY because of Lebron. He was our leader and our superstar but he had his teammates with him to win all those games. LEBRON JAMES failed us in the playoffs this year and that's just a fucking fact. Of course Lebron wants to win championships but I guess he isn't the King because a true 'king'/superstar doesn't need 2 OTHER SUPERSTARS to do it with him. Lebron just made a huge mistake because even if he wins a championship in Miami he couldn't do it for his team/city and he couldn't do it without 2 other superstars. He'll always be number 2 in Miami. This just proves Lebron realized he doesn't have what it takes to lead a team all the way. OH and everyone who says he can make his own decisions and do what he wants.. you're right EXCEPT he shouldn't be bitch slapping Cleveland in the face by doing an hour long special. ABSOLUTELY ZERO CLASS. Guess we saw his true colors.

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    Re: chunkeh – UHH yeah but the Cavs didn't suck………….. so nice point??

  90. 90

    Re: ms.obsessions – Wow you're an idiot. No joke. Cavs are a legit team.. hence why they won all the fucking time. If we ONLY HAD LEBRON we wouldn't have been the best team in the league. Who fucked up in the playoffs?…. UHHH.. LEBRON. Oh and saying that we would have done that retarded show too… I understand someone that badass is bound to be cocky/full of themselves… but that doesn't mean they'd be completely CLASSLESS!! And Lebron proved he is. Even D Wade didn't pull that ridiculous shit. Also, you're a moron.

  91. 91

    Re: umyeah – You're an idiot.. because actually he makes more in Florida than in Cle for the first 5 years because Florida doesn't have a state income tax.. so even if his contract with Cle was larger, DOESN'T MATTER! So maybe YOU should stick to things you know.. like.. Lady Gaga??

  92. 92

    Re: umyeah – Actually, he will make more money in 5 years in Miami than in Cle because Florida has no state income tax. So, why don't you stick to talking about shit you know about.. like .. Lady Gaga? Yeah, shut the fuck up.

  93. 93

    i thinkk its greatt that his making achange he put manyy years with the cleverlandsnow it time for him o make a change and start winning those rings that he desirves. thatt is soo disrespectfull that theyy took down hes banner o disrespectfully buhh-byee cleverlandd!HOW U DOIN MIAMI HEAT :) )!

  94. 94

    Re: babbby bb – How is that disrespectful?

  95. 95

    LeBron definitely is a piece of shit! That bitch thinks he gon win a ring by going to the Heat but booooy does he got a wake up call ahead of him. LeBron is extremely unprofessional with the manner he went about doing this. Obviously he has no respect for his teammates, coaches and fans so FUCK YOU RIGHT BACK!