Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert Cuts Off Nose; Can He Save Face?

July 9th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
In a bold and public response to LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote an open letter to the fans Thursday night, posting it on the team’s website and distributing it to the media.

Calling James’ decision “bitterly disappointing to all of us,” Gilbert pulled no punches in blasting away at the man who was the face of the franchise for the past seven years.

“You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal,” he wrote, before guaranteeing that the Cavs would win a title “before the self-titled former ‘King’ wins one”—punctuating the promise in all capital letters, a declaration of defiance in response to James’ decision.

Talk radio and Internet comment sections were jammed by fans who hailed Gilbert’s words and joined the chorus of anti-LeBron language that spread nationwide within minutes of James’ announcement on ESPN.

The anger, frustration, and disappointment were understandable. Perhaps unwittingly, James punctuated a process that amounted to a cold slap in the face to Cavaliers fans.

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