LeBron James’ Campaign of Failure Continues

August 8th, 2010 by John P. Wise Leave a reply »

Weak Nod to Cleveland Is Latest Awkward LBJ Moment

One Great Season

Thanking the city that supported him for seven years would seem an easy task, but on the gratitude front, LeBron James continues to throw up bricks that would make even Shaquille O'Neal squeamish.

LeBron's latest failure came Saturday, during his annual Bikeathon in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, just days after he took out a full-page ad in that city's Beacon-Journal thanking his hometown fans. The ad made no mention of the city of Cleveland or its Cavaliers, the team just up the road for whom he starred for seven seasons before announcing last month he was leaving to play for the NBA's Miami Heat.

In a short speech where the usually robotic LeBron manufactured typically insincere thank yous and other good thoughts, he offered briefly: "To the city of Cleveland, my fans in Cleveland, northeast Ohio...I want to say thank you for the last seven years and the years in the future."

Now I'm never one to argue that pro athletes should be splendid public speakers, but I have no idea what he was trying to accomplish when he took to the ...

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