News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Akron Children's Hospital


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Terry Pluto: LeBron's nationally-televised decision to leave Cleveland disrespectful
Pluto says James living too long in "celebrity bubble"
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Courtesy of Amanda Rabinowitz
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
LeBron James has made his decision to join the Miami Heat, leaving Northeast Ohioans stunned and outraged. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto understands the anger, but tells fans not to take it personally. Pluto, who's covered LeBron James since the star's days as a high school standout in Akron, says James is caught up in his own celebrity. But he says Cavs owner Dan Gilbert deserved more than two minutes notice from James' agent before his ESPN show. Gilbert wrote an open letter, calling James' decision a cowardly betrayal and guaranteeing Cavs fans a championship without him.
Click to Listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:17)


Click to Listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:21)


Open Letter from Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert:

 

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:

 

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE" 

 

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

 


Related WKSU Stories

The LeBron drama is over, but hometown feels the pain
Friday, July 9, 2010

LeBron's mansion gets a closer watch
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Terry Pluto commentary: What are teams offering LeBron James behind closed doors?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Faculty, students not behind proposed University of Akron name change
I am a proud alumnae of The University of Akron (Jan'87). I have fond and great memories of my undergraduate years at Akron being actively engaged, participatin...

Kasich's budget director takes House spending plan to task
If Kasich is so obsessed with a balanced budget, he is going to have to ask the wealthy to chip in; the middle class has already been tapped out. !!!

Petition to put marijuana legalization on Ohio ballots makes progress
I sign on 420 came home made a few calls to send others to. Sign hey hey let move it forward. Get out there a sign people

Ohio's tax commissioner says the ID quiz is going well
I filed electronically and there was no provision to print out a copy that I could find. How do I get a copy sent to my exclusive address of record, including ...

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Who's on public assistance in Ohio?
legalize marijuana get over it,,, its here its been the main drug test scare of a lifetime. u got people that get drunk every night and work u got peoples on ...

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Ohio lawmaker calls for an East Cleveland bailout
Instead of blaming Kasich and the Republicans for all of East Cleveland's fiscal woes, take a look at the facts. Some political entities in Ohio are too small ...

Legalized marijuana is a boon for a Cleveland-area grow light maker
Shouldn't he be in jail for paraphernalia? He knows he is selling for marijuana production.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University