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Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert


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.

Deserted?? That's a very strong word. He signed two contracts for 7 years, took a woeful team to the Finals (lost), has been the reigning MVP, and is widely considered one of the best players in the game.  Nothing lasts forever! Think of it as graduating.

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.

It was ESPN's decision to hype the announcement. LBJ looked sincere and was apologetic to Cavs fans.  

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

Sure, it's disappointing, sadden or even mad but so is the Gulf of Mexico. It's a GAME for gosh sakes!

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

Betrayal? That's harsh. It's a job and jobs end and begin.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

Excuse me, but I didn't see or hear of any betrayal. As a matter a fact, I am surprised he lasted that long in Cleveland.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


Oh, my goodness! Gilbert just stuck his foot in his mouth. I know he's mad, but come on, LBJ isn't your wife!

You can take it to the bank.

Or the mortgage company!

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Personally, I don't see shame in any way, shape or form. LBJ was a loyal employee and now has decided to move on. Given the opportunity, I think Gilbert would have done the same. Remember folks, in pro sports it's not just about the money, it's about winning! It's about the TEAM, the TOWN and the TEMPERATURE and Miami has them all. Sorry Cleveland.

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.

Shameful display of entitlement and sour grapes

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.

Once again, trying to rip on LBJ for his decision. Don't we want better for our kids, than just average? Do we want our children to grow and be prosperous? And who coinded him the "Chosen One?" I hesitate to say, it wasn't LBJ. If anything it gave Clevelanders confidence that they do matter, otherwise we would still be talking about the Danny Ferrys of the world.

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.

Curse? Heartless and callous? Why didn't you throw in gutless too?? Guess what Dan Gilbert, you tried to steal Tom Izzo, now your franchise is worth 250 million dollars less. Karma is a ****!

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.

I really think LBJ is sad about leaving his home state, but times change and if you don't change with the times, you'll end up like the dinosaurs--- extinct. As far as the curse, I think you just did it to yourself, Danny Boy.

Just watch.

That's right, just watch!

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day....

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue....

Grabbing at straws, or anything he can do to make LBJ the pariah.

One note, the font you used Dan, Comic Sans fits you well.

Best of Luck Cleveland, we do feel your pain.

One note, I wasn't aware that LeBron had not informed his employer prior to the show. This IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND SHOWS POOR JUDGEMENT ON HIS BEHALF.

What do you think? Let me know.

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers


July 9, 2010  04:55 PM ET

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