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There are 49 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 10, 2010, titled Go ahead and bash James, but others deserve blame, too | The Columb.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

After LeBron James turned Cleveland inside out with his decision to leave, a James poster ended up where lots of Cavaliers fans would love to stuff him.

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Brian

Chillicothe, OH

#21 Jul 10, 2010
Misplaced Priorities wrote:
"Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help." --- Psalm 146:3.
LeBron James is only a human being, a mortal man who has been blessed with exceptional athletic skills. Like all human beings he is not perfect. He has flaws.
He is not perfect! He has flaws just like you have flaws.
He is not GOD or a god! There is no god except GOD!
Love GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength! If you do that, you will not be devastated or crushed by the faults of the gifted and talented humans who entertain you in this life.
Very well said

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#22 Jul 10, 2010
Rob,

Well said, but it should also be noted that outside of NY, LA, Miami, and Boston, it is becoming increasingly difficult for sports franchises to attract and keep superstars? There is a growing sense among today's MTV-raised generation of pro athletes that unless you're playing in a sizzling-hip market -- you're irrelevant.

I think one of the NFL's most appealing selling points to its fans is that is still considered cool to play in places like Pittsburgh and Green Bay and to win Super Bowls there as well.

Not so much in the MLB and NBA.

John
Owlguin

AOL

#23 Jul 10, 2010
What's Gilbert supposed to say? Sorry to see him go - but he gave it his all in the playoffs? I don't think there was one thing that Gilbert said that wasn't true. So if you don't blame LaBrone for chosing to teach everyone, including his children that "ME" comes first, then you can't blame Gilbert for speaking the truth (except of course, the fact that they will win a championship, which was an emotional response). Now in nearly every arena he will be disliked. His kids will be asking, "Dad, what happened?". He can tell them "Kids...it doesn't matter what you hear or what they think, it's all about ME."
Balls Deep

Columbus, OH

#24 Jul 10, 2010
Considering Dan's GUARANTEE I would like to know if anyone in the press has the guts to ask him if he is willing to put his money where his mouth is and A: reimbuse season ticketholders for the entire season should James win it all first and B: provide three finger salute foam hands for the fans come 'LBJ appriciation night' this fall??
Dublinindependen t

Lima, OH

#25 Jul 10, 2010
It is interesting that Oller and all of the posters have left out the biggest offender in this whole fiasco. The media, TV, print, all of them heaped so much hero worship on this very immature man-child that he was fully conditioned to think that the way he went about it was "normal." It is also indicative of what is causing this country to go to hades these days. This is an absolute "ME" generation that votes in legislators and presidents and governors who promise to give them everything whether they work for it or not. They make uneducated hoodlum athletes their heroes and vilify financial and business people who generate the jobs.
frong

Columbus, OH

#26 Jul 10, 2010
Oller, the point isn't that LeBron left. I don't think more than a tiny handful of overconfident or naive fans were truly shocked by his decision. The point is that he left in a completely ungrateful, egotistical fashion, and that can't be blamed upon anyone but himself.
Paying the Bill

Circleville, OH

#27 Jul 10, 2010
Another dumb article... This guy has no idea what Cleveland is all about... None...
Native cleavlander

Columbus, OH

#28 Jul 10, 2010
frong wrote:
Oller, the point isn't that LeBron left. I don't think more than a tiny handful of overconfident or naive fans were truly shocked by his decision. The point is that he left in a completely ungrateful, egotistical fashion, and that can't be blamed upon anyone but himself.
As I see it, the LBJ's ESPN event was a misfire and an attempt to make up (for him) what he missed coming straight from HS to the Cavs (i.e. all that college draft hoopla). The guy is a 24-yo high school-educated, ghetto-raised athelete, not a spokesman or commentator. Under the circumstances, he think he's pretty well-spoken and did pretty well during the interview of his life (so far)- even if it was reheared. But if he can put his foot in his mouth by making statements like "I look forward to free-agency" (which he did), I bet there where things he probably meant to say that he forgot to or things that didn't come out right. I think he was trying to explain to people (perhaps especially to Clevelanders) the basis of his decision. I think that basis was not unethical or illicit, or even that egotistical, but very hard for him to to state and even harder for us to accept. How to you point your career and life in a direction you want it to go knowing you'll devistate a huge fanbase that's grown up around you? I wonder if any other approach, method or channel would be better received... probably not.

The media doesn't create these people or situations, the masses do. We're the ones that consume sports as they create it, if we didn't buy it, they wouldn't make it and couldn't make it.

LBJ was ready for the next step. He wants to win NOW and live LARGE. Neither of those are really possible in NE OH in the forseeable future; it's far more likely he can get there in Miami. The last person to really live large in Cleveland was JD Rockefeller and he was a devout Baptist and still eventually left town too (well before the era of mass media). JDR, also a much hated figure, does now rest at Lakeview Cementary. C'est la vie!

I think once the intense dissapointment and sense of loss and abandoment subside, fans will begin to appreciate that LBJ was the best athelete to grace the Cleveland scence since Jim Brown and certainly one of the best ever born in Ohio. His decision to leave hurts on many levels but eventually we'll have to give him that recognition. That's the way I see it, even though I'm as POed as the next guy (but didn't burn my jersey b/c I never bought one - I never saw the sense in putting someone else's name on my back).
Lfod

Canal Winchester, OH

#29 Jul 10, 2010
DrC Ohio wrote:
Traitor James is an ****, pure and simple. But he is a symptom, not the cause of the disease. The way some of the athletes are treated and given special treatment, they could care less about "the fans." But you'd think Traitor James would be different since he is from the area. I think their is collective agreement his on-hour special was ridiculous. He basically gave the finger to Cleveland. He has no loyalty to anyone but himself. He may know how to play basketball, but he still has a lot to learn about life and how to treat others. So, to Traitor James-go F-yourself and I hope the way you treated others comes back ten fold.
Wahhhhh!!!!! He made a brilliant bussness move that will save him millions in tax burdens. He should/could have left three years ago. Its his carrer not yours or any other wannabe
J Goode

Hollywood, FL

#30 Jul 10, 2010
You're right on Gilbert and dead wrong on LeBron. Gilbert should have given LeBron some REAL help a long time ago. Antawn Jamieson? Come on! Shaq? Come on!!! 7 years was ENOUGH! 7 YEAR ITCH!!!!

LeBron doesn't owe Cleveland or anybody else ANYTHING! LeBron put the Cavs on the map and gave them 7 good years. If he felt the time and circumstances were right to leave, that's his prerogative. It's a shame to see fans (especially local/northeast Ohio) bash a player who gave them so much, from the time he was 11-12 years old. How soon we forget.

This time, the players (James, Wade and Bosh) were in control...not the owners. And folks (especially Gilbert) can't deal with it.

LeBron is gone! Get over it...and act civilized.
J Goode

Hollywood, FL

#31 Jul 10, 2010
dave in Columubus wrote:
Just another reason to not watch or even care about the NBA. I gave up on it years ago. The sporting ethics were taken out of it years ago. Criminals and money hungry beasts are now on the courts. How many millions do you need to make you happy.
You don't get it! The criminals and money hungry beasts are the OWNERS!
Dude-Monroe-NC

Reynoldsburg, OH

#32 Jul 10, 2010
Get over it.......Its a business...The NBA is not a sport. Cleveland would not do what he wanted so he left.....GOODBY BUBBA.

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#33 Jul 10, 2010
J Goode wrote:
You're right on Gilbert and dead wrong on LeBron. Gilbert should have given LeBron some REAL help a long time ago. Antawn Jamieson? Come on! Shaq? Come on!!! 7 years was ENOUGH! 7 YEAR ITCH!!!!
LeBron doesn't owe Cleveland or anybody else ANYTHING! LeBron put the Cavs on the map and gave them 7 good years. If he felt the time and circumstances were right to leave, that's his prerogative. It's a shame to see fans (especially local/northeast Ohio) bash a player who gave them so much, from the time he was 11-12 years old. How soon we forget.
This time, the players (James, Wade and Bosh) were in control...not the owners. And folks (especially Gilbert) can't deal with it.
LeBron is gone! Get over it...and act civilized.
James is now on a team that has zero-depth. Because of Miami's cap issues right now, their bench will be made up of NBA-minimum journeymen. At this precise moment I'll take Chicago, Boston, and Orlando in a best-of-7 against Miami. And the Lakers... who on Miami is going to stop Gasol and Odom? You have NO Center Miami fan. LA in 5.
John
OkieBuck

Owasso, OK

#34 Jul 10, 2010
J Goode wrote:
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You don't get it! The criminals and money hungry beasts are the OWNERS!
Really..if they couldn't play B-Ball I'd bet over half of the players in the NBA would be either gang bangers, hitting the crack pipe or in jail.
Best Wishes LeBron

Columbus, OH

#35 Jul 10, 2010
J Goode wrote:
... It's a shame to see fans (especially local/northeast Ohio) bash a player who gave them so much, from the time he was 11-12 years old. How soon we forget.

This time, the players (James, Wade and Bosh) were in control...not the owners. And folks (especially Gilbert) can't deal with it.

LeBron is gone! Get over it...and act civilized.
I hope to see LeBron continue to grow and mature, and become a better human being in all aspects of his life. I wish for him and his family, GOD'S All-Encompassing Guidance, Mercy, Forgiveness and Protection.
NLA

Delaware, OH

#38 Jul 10, 2010
Do you people really care, or do you just want something to talk about. F%$#g Ohioans think they know more than anyone from any other state.
oooppppssss

Reynoldsburg, OH

#39 Jul 10, 2010
NLA wrote:
Do you people really care, or do you just want something to talk about. F%$#g Ohioans think they know more than anyone from any other state.
Sleeping on the couch again tonight, huh?
Miami Vice

Columbus, OH

#40 Jul 10, 2010
He wanted to play in world class city and cleveveland ain't . Boring and cold.

Miami sunshine, orange cocktail and known worldwide, vacation everyday.

Leave him alone, anyone would have made that choice.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#41 Jul 10, 2010
Miami Vice wrote:
He wanted to play in world class city and cleveveland ain't . Boring and cold.
Miami sunshine, orange cocktail and known worldwide, vacation everyday.
Leave him alone, anyone would have made that choice.
I got news for him, Miami ain't such a world class city, either. Maybe third world, but not world class. Most everything in Miami Dade County is crap. Le-throwgamefive should feel right at home.
Joe

Columbus, OH

#42 Jul 10, 2010
OkieBuck wrote:
<quoted text>
Really..if they couldn't play B-Ball I'd bet over half of the players in the NBA would be either gang bangers, hitting the crack pipe or in jail.
And you know that from your own personal experience?

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