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Desperately Seeking Relevance

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Of course Jesse Jackson needed to weigh in: “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave.”

Thanks, Jesse, for bringing fuel to a fire that wasn’t burning.

Easy to understand the bitterness Cleveland owner Dennis Gilbert must be feeling after LeBron James made no effort to re-sign with the Cavaliers but read his letter to fans 1000 times and it’s clear he’s not hinting at anything close to what Jackson is suggesting.

Granted, it’s difficult defending Gilbert because his letter (since removed from the Cavaliers website) looked like it was written in crayon, but it came from the heart of an owner who was pissed and chose to vent. In that state of mind, had Gilbert truly felt that LeBron was a runaway slave, it’s likely he would have led with that.

Jesse adding his two cents is like Paula Deen announcing she plans to cook with butter — it’s so instinctual that it’s not all that compelling. Knee-jerking the discussion to this level so swiftly out of the gate tells you more about a mindset that views the world this way and less about an NBA owner who just lost his prize.


Gilbert and Cleveland should be thrilled they had LeBron under contract for seven years and were able to create billions while LeBron made hundreds of millions. LeBron turned a franchise around and boosted the image of the city — understandable Gilbert is a big sour grape for losing such an important component. But to think Gilbert didn’t understand the concept of free agency is to live inside Jesse Jackson’s sheltered mind. If Gilbert legitimately thought this and wished to forever maintain ownership of an individual, he’d now be blasting the NBA for allowing free agency in the first place. This is where Jackson”s argument shows itself as empty, needless and craving attention.

What other country on the face of the earth has so many laws against discrimination? If Gilbert had racist intent and viewed his players as slaves, we would’ve heard about it long before LeBron took his talents to South Beach and Jesse Jackson wouldn’t be the first person we’re hearing it from.

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