Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, has come out with some harsh criticism of LeBron James, after the All-Star forward decided to sign with the Miami Heat. In an open letter to to Cavalier fans, he wrote:
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
Gilbert also criticized LeBron’s playoff performance against the Boston Celtics in an interview with the AP.
“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”