Is This Really Necessary, LeBron James Fans?

Angry Cleveland Caveliers fans spark riots, burn jerseys, and curse their former star player.

Is This Really Necessary, LeBron James Fans?

Angry Cleveland Caveliers fans spark riots, burn jerseys, and curse their former star player.

-Faye Brennan

LeBron James Fans

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.

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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.

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  1. Ladies,

    It’s not just a game, it’s a major industry and LeBron’s leaving will have a major negative impact on a city that is already in serious economic distress. LeBron can choose to leave Cleveland, but doing it in such a mean spirited way by announcing it on National TV without even telling the team first is beyond unprofessional. (His agent called the team right before the announcement, LeBron, who was given everything he wanted by that team and city didn’t have the courtesy to tell them himself). This is more than just sports, he did the announcement in the manner he did to build his “branding”. It was an absolute train wreck from a marketing perspective and again, unbelievably mean spirited. He deserves all the backlash he’s getting. And no, if KStew and RPat broke up, no city would experience a 20% loss in its GDP – really not the same thing and do you see any celebrities hosting a 1 hour cable special to celebrate their break up and tell everyone what new person they are going to romance? That comes closer as an analogy, but still no economic impact so still not the same thing. Again, I repeat, LeBron’s leaving represents a 20% loss in GDP for Cleveland. And Faye, Chicago was actually the front runner city, not New York. There were a few New Yorkers putting rumors out to the contrary. But what actually happened was LeBron’s NBA power broker agent was pushing LeBron to the Bulls because in reality that was the best team for LeBron if he wanted to win a championship but LeBron’s high school buddies wanted to party in Miami and talked LeBron into shutting out the one guy in LeBron’s life who was trying to provide LeBron good career advice and actually shut his agent out of the meeting with the Bulls. This was a mean spirited snub of Cleveland and the announcement sounded like a child picking a party school to go to college and throwing his career away when he could have gone to Harvard and been the valedictorian of Harvard. Do you think KStew or RPat would turn down a potential academy award winning role in favor of doing “Hot Tub Time Machine”? Cus that’s pretty much what he did. So yes, a guy with that much talent throwing it all away is going to get a lot of press over it.

  2. Good comment, Catca! I think LeBron could have been more sensitive about it, but as he said, sports is a business, and I don’t think the owners would show too much “loyalty” to him if he stopped playing well. I do feel sorry for the people in Cleveland. I thought he was going to Chicago,too. Let’s hope he doesn’t get misguided in Miami and gets the ring he wants.

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