Is This Really Necessary, LeBron James Fans?
Angry Cleveland Caveliers fans spark riots, burn jerseys, and curse their former star player.
If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know the sports world has been anxiously waiting with bated breath to hear where LeBron James, an NBA forward, would go after his contract with the Cleveland Caveliers ended this month.
The New York Knicks or Miami Heat — that was the question, and fans from both cities were sitting on the edge of their seats.
Last night, after several days of building up the drama, “King James” announced live on ESPN that he’ll be joining the Miami Heat. With the switch, he’ll be one of the highest paid sports stars in history, reportedly earning $100 million with his contract.
This story could’ve and should’ve ended right there. LeBron made a decision — happy day.
Instead, fans’ reactions to this news have been making even more headlines. Angry and hurt fans in Cleveland have been setting off riots, burning LeBron’s jerseys and throwing rocks at his billboard.
The owner of the Caveliers, Dan Gilbert, took to his team’s website to bash his former player, writing, “This is bitterly disappointing to all of us. The self-declared former ‘King’ will be taking the ‘curse’ with him down south.”
Riots? Seriously, people? We know you’re offended that one of your own is leaving his hometown, but please remember: it’s basketball. A game where tall men shoot a ball into a hoop and get paid ridiculous amounts to do so. A violent and volatile reaction hardly seems appropriate.
It’s like if we were to riot after Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson announced their breakup (God forbid!). It just doesn’t make any sense. (Daily Mail)
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.