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Do Miami's homeless want LeBron jerseys?

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09:26 AM ET 09.05 | The Summer of LeBron just got weirder. In July, a group of guys in Northeast Ohio launched a campaign to collect LeBron James' old Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys and send them to homeless people in Miami. It seemed like a wholesome idea. Clevelanders were so pissed off at the King's betrayal of his hometown to join the Heat, they were burning formerly treasured polyester heirlooms in the streets. Why not turn that anger into charity? There was just one tiny problem. Homeless advocates in Miami didn't want tainted goods. "It's on hold right now," says Rita Clark of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless. "There's a lot of politics around this."

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September 5, 2010  09:31 AM ET

Then give them to the Homeless in Cleveland. don't try to make a statement with the homeless, it just shows you have no class.

September 5, 2010  10:05 AM ET

So some homeless dudes and dudettes are laying around in dirty stinky clothes and someone in the Miami coalitioin for the homeless is telling them they can't have new or used LeBoob jersey because of some political BS. Nice, just put a box of them on the street and see how long they sit there. I bet not that long.

September 5, 2010  10:05 AM ET

No one wants your old jersey, Bro.

September 5, 2010  10:18 AM ET

beggars can't be choosers

September 5, 2010  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

No one wants your old jersey, Bro.

I don't know - some poor soul in Kenya could possibly use it to go along with his Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl championship cap...

September 5, 2010  10:21 AM ET

Send them to one of SPAMMER to sell to us ;)...

LBJ Cleveland jersey $23

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September 5, 2010  10:46 AM ET
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I don't know - some poor soul in Kenya could possibly use it to go along with his Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl championship cap...

And his four Bills championship shirts.

September 5, 2010  10:57 AM ET

Does this remind anyone else of the Seinfeld "muffin stumps" episode?!?!

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September 5, 2010  11:25 AM ET
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Then give them to the Homeless in Cleveland. don't try to make a statement with the homeless, it just shows you have no class.

Actually they offered it to the homeless in Cleveland first and they didn't want them either!

I guess this squashes the "Beggers can't be choosers" arguement.

September 5, 2010  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Does this remind anyone else of the Seinfeld "muffin stumps" episode?!?!

Thats hilarious! I was thinking the same thing.

September 5, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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Which is why the fans should've just burned them in the first place. Besides its a jersey, its not like its a magical jersey that will protect its wearer from the elements.

Actually a Jersey can be worn year round in Miami where its only seasonal in C Town. I think it makes complete sense to send them to where he is now and its also pretty funny that they turned it down.

September 5, 2010  12:22 PM ET

Lisa Rab is supposed to be a professional writer and uses terms like "pissed off" in her columns? Pure class.

September 5, 2010  12:35 PM ET

I think its a sick joke trying to send them to Miami. Shooo send them anywhere. The homeless will be thankful.

September 5, 2010  12:37 PM ET

I think its a sick joke with a fabricated answer from "the homeless." Send them anywhere.

September 5, 2010  12:40 PM ET

Why would homeless people want an NBA jersey in the first place? Sweaters, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, blankets?? This group in Cleveland isn't trying to help out as much as they're trying to get back at Bron for leaving.

September 5, 2010  12:41 PM ET

LRM at work. This is hillarious. Can you imaging what it does for LeBron's "brand" if one out of every two people in Miami who wear his jersey are homeless??? This is awesome!!

September 5, 2010  12:46 PM ET

The sick part is that you know the "politics" is coming from LeBron, LRMR, Nike, the Miami Heat and the NBA. They don't want to damage LeBron's "brand". Can you imagine how it would look if 50% or the people in Miami who were seen wearing LeBron's uniform were homeless?

Shame on all of them. If LeBron has soiled his reputation so much that no one wants his jersey except for the homeless, that's his tough luck.

 
September 5, 2010  12:53 PM ET

Terrible idea. People are such you know whats!!

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