Miami Heat fans are rejoicing today after LeBron James announced he will be bringing his talents to South Beach, but many people in Cleveland are feeling angry and betrayed about his decision. Cleveland Cavaliers fan Earl Mauldin reacted on video by stating:
“Honestly, I think it was very arrogant, and I think it was a slap in the face to the city who supported him and been behind him since he was in high school. To go on national T.V. and spit in our face like that was very, very, very wrong.”
Mauldin’s comments reflect the anger and bitter disappointment that many Cavaliers fans are experiencing this morning. For months, fans begged the gifted athlete to stay in their city by wearing “LeBron PLEASE STAY” T-shirts, signing petitions, writing letters, launching websites such as pleasedontleave23.com, and even singing songs in his honor:
Now, according to local CBS news in Chicago, “to say Cavaliers fans are furious seems to be an understatement.” In acts of protest last night, fans took some of LeBron James’ jerseys into the streets and set them on fire.
MSNBC is also reporting this morning that Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert is fuming, and NBA.com has published a lengthy open letter from Gilbert to all Cavaliers fans about LeBron’s “shocking act of disloyalty.” (Click here to read the letter.)
What do you think? Was LeBron James doing the right thing by following his own heart and his own dream, or was this an act of disloyalty to his home city?
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