Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — You knew the fallout from The Decision would need a PG-13 rating in certain places.
But even we didn’t expect this kind of immediate and shocking response to LeBron James‘ decision to leave Cleveland to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
That said, the burning LeBron jerseys in Cleveland weren’t completely unexpected and neither were the wild cheers on South Beach.
Fans are passionate about their teams and that’s to be expected, especially when there is the kind of build up for an event of this magnitude. Fans in Cleveland showed just how passionate they are in words and actions, all night long.
Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert‘s open letter to Cavaliers fans, however, changed the game when it hit the Hang Time inbox a few minutes ago.
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.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
And there was this:
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”
You can take it to the bank.
And, uh, this:
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
You knew there wasn’t going to be a happy ending to this story for at least five teams.
This, however, seems like the nightmare scenario no one wanted.
James had nothing but praise for the Cavaliers and “his fans” on his way out of town (I know most people missed that since they probably stopped listening after they heard South Beach come out of his mouth).
Yet, it was his actions that resonated with the fans, the organization and obviously the owner, who also accused James of quitting in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
… Um, wow!