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Oh, Jesse Jackson!

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Getting a bit dramatic, are we?

Jesse Jackson spoke out against Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert saying that he sees LeBron James as a "runaway slave" and that Gilbert's comments about LeBron joining the Miami Heat put the basketball star in danger!

Gilbert said last week about LeBron:

"He has gotten a free pass. People have covered up for (James) for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is."

And Jackson's response?

"He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract."



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105 comments to “Oh, Jesse Jackson!”

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  1. 1

    What do you expect from a race-baiter?

  2. 2

    Lebron is a jerk. I hope he never wins a championship!

  3. yup says – reply to this


    He is an idiot who can not see anything for face value since his only concern is seeing things the way there were in the OLDEN days!

  4. 4

    Jesse needs to accept the fact that there is no longer a need for a civil rights movement. Like a feminist, he's fighting a batter long over.

  5. 5

    I'm sure Al Sharpton will be playing the race card soon too. But so do bloggers who don't know the legalities of Arizona's immigration laws.

  6. 6

    I completely agree with Jesse. Lebron honored his contract, now leave him the fuck alone. Business is business.

  7. 7

    jesse james should find the highest nearest bridge and jump…….ugly, racist, cry baby bitch………..

  8. 8

    He's like a grain of sand in society's underpants.

  9. 9

    oh yeah - jesse jackson should do the same……..

  10. 10

    I think Jesse went a little overboard but…..Gilbert is an asshole! LeBron doesn't owe him or the Cav a dam thing. He gave them 7yrs. It's not his responsibility to keep their economy afloat..F'em

  11. Jae says – reply to this


    LOL. Nobody takes that kook seriously, do they?

  12. 12

    You have to read the ENTIRE open letter from Gilbert AND he does sound like he owns LeBron in the letter. LeBron has been VERY loyal to Cleveland for a long time.

  13. 13

    hes a fucking loser

  14. 14

    Well, there's more to Mr. Gilbert's quotation than just that. And, yes, it was offensive, his proprietary attitude toward a man who was a FREE AGENT.
    Team J.J., for once.

  15. 15

    It's idiots like him who serve only to further racism. Martin Luther King would be so disappointed that "icons" like Jackson, Faarakhan (sp?) have any followers at all. MLK's mission was for us all to be equal not to foster hate and racism. People like this loser set us back decades….

  16. 16

    Jessie Jackson is another media whore..just like lebron

  17. 17

    To an extent, I think Jesse's probably right. The manifesto that Gilbert wrote was a personal attack on James. More like a jilted lover than ex-boss.

    LeBron honored his contract and decided to move on. Not the first time a free agent has left a team. Owners/managers trade players all the time if they think they can get something of more value.

    However, I doubt that if the same comments would have been made about a white player, Jesse wouldn't have made the same comparison, so that's where it falls short.

    It's really more along the lines of indentured servitude than slavery.

  18. 18

    way to play the race card. such bs! were talking about millions of dollars here not picking cotton. i got no respect for that shit!

  19. 19


  20. m.j says – reply to this


    He put it in a weird way but he is so right. If the dude wants to switch teams let him. It's not a big deal.

  21. 21

    Oh for fuck sake. Last I checked, getting paid millions of dollars a year and having an entire team/ franchise built around him wasnt exactly comperable to enslavement… If it is please sign me up. Its just ridiculous. We give him everything and anything he wanted, had fans begging him to stay and even threw him a parade… Please Jesse. Do some research before your go off on a racist rant about something you have no idea about.

  22. 22

    not to mention Lebron threw the games in the playoffs…he could have had his ring if he wasn't such a selfish piece of shit

  23. 23

    Jesse Jackson has become completely irrelevant and is desperate for attention.

  24. 24

    I wouldn't take it that far. But the coach DID over do it.

  25. wb22 says – reply to this


    I don't think he owes the Cavaliers anything either, BUT what LeBron and others should remember is that without the owners, agents and businessmen their "talent" would be worthless. The marketers and promotion machine are the only reason they are paid–and they could not do this on their own. Slaves? hahahahaha give me a break.

  26. 26

    Jesse Jackson is an embarassment to African Americans. This is coming from a white girl.

  27. 27

    I don't understand why they always pull out the "race" card. STFU already. It's been over 200 years. Get over it. No one but people like him make others look bad. What an idiot.

  28. 28

    Don't just print a small piece of what Gilbert said Perez!! He called James' decision "cowardly" and "disloyal." Calm the f down! LeBron is a free agent - free to go wherever the f he wants!

  29. 29

    I think Jesse said what many people think. Read that letter. If he wanted to trade Lebron he would. The men who play sports know that that is a possibility. However, if anybody thinks that race, civil rights as well as feminism are no longer issues, are walking blindly through life! It might not touch you, but it is out there!

  30. 30

    I think Jesse Jackson is the racist. If a white player did this you would not hear a word about it…I am so sick of his racist remarks…the civil war is over ass!

  31. 31

    Jesse Jackson is right, but to always use the race card gets old.

  32. 32

    He just wants to get his name in the media. Jackson is a whore.

  33. 33

    Jesse Jackson is telling the truth 100%.
    Dan Gilbert thought he owned LeBron, plain and simple.
    His vile letter after LeBron left made that pretty clear.

  34. 34

    Jackson is an idiot.

  35. 35

    This whole LeBron thing is getting out of hand. So he left Cleveland? Big deal, get over it already.

  36. 36


  37. 37

    Jesse Jackson completely misses the point as usual. It's the way Lebron did his business that is so disgusting, playing all his fans as fools.

  38. 38

    Only Jesse ( cheating ) Jackson could take a statement like that and turn it into a racist issue what a douche

  39. 39

    FUCK JESSE JACKSON! He came to my city about 10 years ago because some black kids got expelled for starting a gang fight at a football game. He said it was wrong and that the school was racist. Apparently since those kids were black it was ok for them to start a fight (with weapons) at a school function. FUCK him he's the most racist son of a bitch i've ever seen. He needs to stay the fuck out of shit and quit accusing everybody in the fucking world of being a racist. He acts like black people piss gold and can do no wrong while everybody else in the fucking world is a piece of shit!

  40. 40


  41. 41

    Backwards Racism at its best

  42. 42

    Jesse Jackson is a racist pig who should have his lips sewn shut. I'm so sick of him getting press and playing the race card that I could puke.

  43. buck says – reply to this


    Thank God this country took a stand against the world wide practice of slavery and ended it. Now if we can only end racism in people like Jackson.

  44. 44

    Re: pancakesforone – No. Jesse is an embarrassment to HIMSELF… and this is coming from a "black girl".

  45. 45

    And yet AGAIN the racist pig Jackson is race baiting. How long will it be till the lying degenerate Sharpton opens his pie hole and claims racism?????????????????

  46. 46

    I being from Cleveland would personally like to SLAP THE BLACK OFF OF JESSE JACKSON'S FACE….just for his shere stupidity! Cidney…so right, what can we expect from a race baiter??? Lebron gave us some excitement and for that we are grateful BUT did he really need to have an hour special and make a circus out of all this? That was a big slap in the face. We stuck by him even when he effed up the finals this year, last year and so on! Yeah, you might get your ring Bronnie…but not on your own accord! Hope that elbow isn't too much trouble this year…as you claimed it's why your season ended the way it did. Now, no more excuses!

  47. 47

    Jackson always has negative comments to say, in order to try to incite people to get mad at others. He never has anything pleasant to say.

  48. 48

    I don't think people realize why the Cleveland fans and Gilbert are so mad. 1. is that he went on national tv to tell everyone instead of telling the team so they could go out and try and get another free agent and 2. is because LeBron himself has said he has one major goal and that was to bring Cleveland a championship. If he would have conducted himself better Dan Gilbert would have never released a statement like he did. As for Jesse Jackson he needs to shut the hell up and stop making EVERYTHING about race. It is 2010, do we really need Jesse Jackson to always bring up race when that is not even a factor?!

  49. 49

    STFU Jesse

  50. 50

    I agree with Jesse on this one. The man (LeBron) can go wherever he wants. He doesn't owe anything to Cleveland or that garbage ass team. Fuckn crackers kill me!!

  51. 51

    He is so right. Gilbert went over the line by bashing Lebron. At the end of the day who cares where a basketball player chooses to go play, and what the reasons are.

  52. 52

    Honestly I wish this guy would just shut the hell up already! He is such a joke! Our president is black for gods sake! I'm on Lebron's side tho! Who wouldn't wanna move to Miami :) Let me tell ya tho if Lebron is a slave he's the most well paid slave I've ever heard of! Sooo ridiculous

  53. 53

    haha, losers

  54. 54

    it makes sense to me!

  55. 55

    People really need to get a life if they think Lebron, or people talking about him, is big news.

  56. 56

    Re: Beyonce is my favorite – You along with Jesse need to be slapped silly! This CRACKER will be the one to do it….you are no better then him JACK OFF!

  57. 57

    jesse jackson is the biggest racist on the planet! I am so sick of him and making it seem like other people are the racists! Hey Racist Biggot! Not everyone is against black people!!!!!!

  58. 58

    Oh God are we still on this. Jesse Jackson is extreme in his opinion but in his own crazy way he makes sense lol. Not the slave runaway thing but the whole situation is like people own Lebron James and his is unable to make a decision without consulting the whole city of Cleveland lol.

  59. 59

    I have never heard of a slave being offered millions to play basketball. JJ is a delusional clown dick.

  60. 60

    Has everyone forgotten when Jesse Jackson called New York City "heimy town"?? I'm sure I didn't spell it right but that piece of shit said it.

  61. 61

    Re: Beyonce is my favorite – What an asshole you sound like.

  62. YUCK says – reply to this


    every decision comes down to dollars and cents and


    Dan Gilbert bashed lebron because he was going to lose out on a lot of money.

    Lebron James left to get more money and a hopefully a ring that will translate in to future money.
    Jesse jacskon speaking up on behalf of someone who didnt ask for his support will get him royalties to speak on different talk shows regarding this.

    everything comes down to money!!!!

  63. 63

    jesse jackson, has something to say everytime it involves a black person… get over guy… its all about money and a ring… nothing more nothing less…. why does JJ have to be so damn dramatic all the time…

  64. 64

    LeBron went to FL to save 10 mill on state taxes, simple enough

  65. 65

    People get outraged when this tired ass says something but, don't get mad at the fact that Roman Polanski RAPED a child and gets away with it. No wonder this world is going to hell in a hand basket.

  66. 66

    Normally I would not agree with Jesse, but he got this one right!

  67. 67

    Re: Beyonce is my favorite – yeah you sound as stupid as Jesse Jackson! I bet if I called you the N word, you would be about to flip out, but yet you call white people "crackers". Hypocrisy at its finest!

  68. Soup says – reply to this


    Yeah, although a little over the top, I think all this blaming and hooplah over Lebron's decision by Dan Gilbert warrants Jesse Jackson's comments. Seriously, he (Lebron) honored his contract, he was grateful for the time and experience in Cleveland, he's a free agent and made the decision to move on. Good for him. He shouldn't be expected to be bound to the Cavaliers for eternity!

  69. 69

    Lebron is not a slave, he is a whore - went where the money was best

  70. 70

    I am not a Jesse Jackson supporter, but he was right on this one!

  71. 71

    What can you expect out of the mouth of a racist.

  72. 72

    I kinda agree, The Cavs and Lebron had a professional business relationship. The contract expired after Lebron fulfilled it. He is free to work elsewhere for whatever reason he chooses. I feel the owner defamed his character and should be liable in a court of law.

  73. 73

    Why does it always come back to the race card????
    I agree that LeBron was a free agent, however, he didn't have to go and put it all out there and treat Cleveland like that. It could of been said and done without the tv hupla…..

  74. 74

    Re: europeansloveunderagedkids – What does that have to do with basketball??????

  75. 75

    Except for the runaway slave comment ( Jessie is still a race baiter at heart ) he's dead on with this one. James honored his contract. Gilbert had seven years to put a team around james and didn't do it. Time to move on !!!

  76. 76

    y is everything always about race with Jesse Jackson???? Dan Gilbert had every right 2 b mad, lebron made him and the people of Cleveland look like idiots

  77. 77

    jesse jackson is the reason there is racism in this country

  78. 78

    Jackson is a racist.

  79. 79

    Really, can he just stfu now?

  80. 80

    This from a man who betrayed his own race by backing a butcher who cut the limbs of children in Liberia. He ignores Blacks captivity in Cuba, as they can't establish their own web sties, or establish an NAACP, yet articles show Jackson calling Castro brilliant, and Just Awesome. I'm just waiting on Sharpton to comment next, since they love making outlandish claims to get their names out there. Nobody knows them for their works, but instead, they are known for making anyone seem racist if you say anything toward a Black Man.

  81. 81

    Re: 4RealDeal – BRAVO!!!!!!! Very well put!

  82. 82

    WOW! Compare a rich basketball player to slave! And is lebron the only bball player that ever traded teams? PPL cared less when MJ left the bulls! GET OVER IT!!

  83. 83

    Gilbert's comments were AWESOME. Lebron made a fool of himself last week. This is another case of Jackson making absolutely nothing into a race issue.

  84. Eula says – reply to this


    Ain't this Mother Fucke- Dead yet????? Die allrady

  85. 85

    Shut the fuck up Jessie you whiny fuckin douchbag

  86. 86

    jesse is a racist

  87. 87


  88. 88

    i think that there is alot of hard feelings towards lebron on how he played the whole situaton out if he would have just told everyone ahead of time instead of making a big specticle out of it ohio fans probably wouldnt have been so upset but he gave us false hope.he was very much loved in cleveland

  89. 89

    Lebron James has every right to go where every he wants, he's a free agent. Couldn't Jesse Jackson just say something like that, what does race have anything to do with it, that's just opening another can of worms…Jesse needs to go home to his child that he had w/the other woman, oops did I say that….

  90. 90

    Re: Angus8 – I agree but why bring does he always bring up race….

  91. 91

    lol well sharpton is right but the thing about it is all team owners treat their players like slaves
    they buy and sell them like they are anyways
    i cant beilieve people are bitching over leBron like this
    he is a business man and obviously he is gonna get a bigger pay check from heat
    nothing personal hun just business
    that statement dan put out was ridiculous what grown man rants like that(other then MEL Gibson)
    all these men bitching now….are yall getting some kinda period these days or some shit??

  92. 92

    lol this site is funny how contradicting jesse is sooooooo racist yet MEL can rant about a pack of ni***** and he is still a "good guy" who was "set up"
    give me a damn break

  93. 93

    You know. I would not bring up the slave thing…But, it was like he own LeBron and was crying like a little baby when he last his prized toy. Owners get rid of and trade players all the time so what is the big deal now. Did LeBron break his contract? Get over it…

  94. T.rex says – reply to this


    i think the letter from a pro sports owner was not classy, but at the same time, i'm glad its out there just to express the distaste for King Jame's decision.

    People saying its 'all just a business' are purposefully avoiding the fact that it is MORE than just a business. For better or worse, he brought hope and fufillment to millions of people in Ohio. Would i leave Cleveland for Miami, as a single man, and no one depending on me? Yes,… in fact, i did do exactly that. But would i leave if the entire city pleaded with me to stay and fight it out with them, because they loved me and depended on me? No, then i would not leave.

  95. 95

    Who cares what Jesse has to say. Go get job you asshole.

  96. 96

    OMG, Jesse Jackson needs to calm the fuck down - Yes, the CC owner should have taken a higher road but JJ right away has to throw the race card in, SLAVE??!! - come on, it's basketball, MONEY & FAME is ruling here - The Cavaliers wanted to keep him for it and he wanted to leave them for it- plain and simple - he wants to win a championship - he gave him 7 years, other players would have left sooner…

  97. 97

    Jesse is a racist!!! I do not like him at all!!! He is soo dramatic and makes everything about race when it shouldn't be. When My dear president was elected Jesse cried…I don't believe those were tears of joy either!! We ALL need to be treated equally! That's for sure and Jesse needs to practice what he is preaching!

  98. 98

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY does anyone give this jerk the time of day?! Jesse Jackson is the most racist POS out there, he needs to go away forever.

  99. erdl says – reply to this


    First, Jesse is racist. he needs to stfu. WHO CARES. second, whoever is defending lebron saying its business, its not. he chose to do it that way. the cavs owner has every right to be mad. lebron acted like a complete asshole who dumped cle and made his mind up months ago. GO CAVS and gilbert. jesse should worry about other stuff. you know, oil spills, and therapy since he is crazy

  100. 100

    Fuck Jessie Blackson, does anyone even listen to him? Is he actually relevant at all anymore? Im decalaring Englishism on the British because they they attacked America in 1776! Please SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH THIS RACE SHIT ALREADY! ASSHOLE!!!

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