Dan Gilbert Reaction – Classy Fanboy Behavior

Moments after Lebron James bailed on Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, the Cavs owner, unleashed one of the most rage-fueled open letters to the Cavs fans, which is hilarious to read, but shows that Gilbert is a sh*thead owner.  Say what you will about Lebron, but you have to remember that Basketball is a business and that’s it.  Lebron is not a politician and doesn’t owe a dime to Cleveland, or his talents.  This is America people, aren’t we supposedly free to do as we choose?

If anything Dan Gilbert’s letter only cements Lebron’s decision to leave.  I wouldn’t want to work for an owner like Dan either.  Shouldn’t an owner be one of the most classy people in an organization?  Gilbert’s letter is reminiscent of an angry fanboy post about his favorite team, game, or product.  Yeah Lebron strung this thing out and took a shat all over his fans on national TV, but we as consumers and celebrity worshipers enable all of this hoopla.

If we weren’t so consumed with famous people and how they live their lives, none of this would ever happen.  Most people forget that the only reason Celebs wield the power they do is because we enable it.  If we wouldn’t treat them like Christ for making a movie, or jamming a basketball these celebs would be no different than us.  They’re just people folks.  They may have some talents, but they’re just like us in the end.

Now that the dust has settled one may feel for Cleveland, but if you read what Dan Gilbert had to say I don’t really blame Lebron for jumping ship.  Gilbert’s letter is a window into how this dude handles himself and his business.  You can’t tell me that this guy isn’t a pompous ass.  Typically an owner should kiss the asses of his players, but in Gilbert’s case, I have a feeling that he was the one wanting his ass smooched.

If you haven’t seen his comments I’m posting them in full below.  It’s a great read with some proposterous predictions such as a Lebron curse, and guaranteeing a championship in Cleveland before Miami.  Keep dreaming pal!  You’ve been exposed to the ridiculousness of celebrity…

Posted on the Cavs Website

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

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.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

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.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert

Majority Owner

Cleveland Cavaliers

E.B. “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”

Via [ESPN]


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