dan gilbertjpg c6f8f52058834b8d large Dan Gilbert's Open Letter To Fans: James' Decision A 'Cowardly Betrayal' And Owner Promises A Title Before Heat

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Late Thursday night, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert issued the following statement on LeBron James’ departure from the franchise.
Dear Cleveland, all of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers supporters wherever you may be tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

Cleveland.com for more

  1. Matt says:

    I could understand why King James wanted to leave Cleveland. Classless and self promoting horror that he is could pass up the chance to put the middle finger to Cleveland and Ohio. By no means do I like or support Ohio but they did not deserve this!!! He could have just when on twitter or his website annocunce it. Instead of the one hour middle finger in the air to the state of Ohio.

  2. Chris says:

    Gilbert’s got no one to blame but himself for this. While Miami and Chicago both were striving to make themselves more attractive to LeBron by signing Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer, this idiot focuses on stealing Tom Izzo away from MSU.

    Nothing against Izzo, but a coach is not going to win titles. LeBron clearly wanted other superstars around him, and Gilbert dropped the ball.

    Now he “guarantees” he’ll win a title before the Heat?!? Are you kidding me??? Have fun with your lottery pick next year, while Miami is winning 70 games… This guy has no better idea how to operate a sports franchise than the Ford family!

  3. John says:

    Hey Gilbert, get off your high horse…. here’s a newsflash for you: The only reason you had LeBron to begin with is because you WON THE LOTTERY… the reason LeBron left Cleveland is NOT because he’s a traitor, it’s because YOU’RE AN INCOMPETENT OWNER!!!

    1. Mark says:

      Amen, AMEN!!! Ofcourse the way LeBron left wasn’t exactly nice, but Gilbert can forget about a championship now, he ain’t going to win anything!

  4. Mike says:

    Dan Gilbert, up and leaves Detroit then tries to take a great coach out of Michigan (although I dislike the Spartans) and he’s enraged by Mr. James departure. He even went so far as to put the curse of Cleveland on Le Bron, well Mr. Gilbert you can take your cursed chicken foot and rage and stick it because all I have for you is a one finger salute pal.

  5. James says:

    If the table was turned and for whatever reason Gilbert traded LeBron he would have said its nothing person its just business. this is a business … so why cant LeBron just say hey look its nothing personal, its just business …..

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