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.

Cedar Point

Don Drumm Studios


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


What would it take for Cleveland and LeBron to patch things up?
Think about it in terms of repairing a marriage
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
LeBron James -- an Akron native -- blindsided Northeast Ohio when he left for Miami four years ago. Are fans ready to forgive?
Courtesy of File photo
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

It seems that all the sports world is anxiously waiting to hear whether LeBron James will rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers. If so, can he win back those bitter fans who resent his leaving four years ago? For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull spoke to a marriage counselor to see what it would take to rebuild the relationship.

LISTEN: Patching things up

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:13)


First, the break-up -- carried live on ESPN four years ago:

“This is very tough.  Uh, and this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach, and join the Miami Heat.”

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote a scathing open letter, telling fans that they didn’t deserve “this kind of cowardly betrayal.” Four years and countless burned jerseys later, LeBron James is weighing a return to Cleveland. 

Local marriage counselor Warren Salkin says the Akron native is going to have to win back the public’s trust.

“In terms of what happened four years ago, I think the community felt incredibly betrayed, in the way that a partner would in a personal relationship because it seemingly came out of the blue.”

Salkin says in turn, Cleveland has to grant forgiveness. And that could happen if proper amends are made.

“I would assume all would be forgiven with an appearance in the playoffs, with the recognition that he has returned and has strengthened our team, and with obviously Cleveland in a big upswing nationally at this point, that would be a very timely thing and so I am hoping he does it!”

So LeBron, if you’re listening: Ditch the flowers and expensive dinner.  Cleveland wants a Larry O’Brien Championship trophy. 

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

Summit County takes the Akron arena out of the sales tax equation
David should be commended for his efforts to "wake up" the politicians of Summit County and the City of Akron. However, I still don't trust any of them and I a...

Brunswick will turn tornado sirens back on after bad weather
Put the sirens back after the storms, in the mean time just sit and wait for another tornado . That's Brunswick for you lived here 44 years and it has always be...

Oberlin council may rescind its gun ban, but is considering alternatives to keep it in effect
Seems that the only scared, paranoid people are the anti-gun people, really.

Massive pipeline planned to pump Ohio shale products to Texas
This needs stopped. Ohioans pay the price, putting up with pollution, leaks, explosions, and the top one percent profit from exporting fracked product to China.

National Weather Service confirms three tornado touchdowns yesterday
I was driving back from a party and was caught in the middle of a large thunderstorm. The hail and lightning were a whole light closer than usual, is something ...

Another Indians season opens with Chief Wahoo under scrutiny
The picture you have for Robert rocha is not him. He has long hair. No idea who that guy is in that picture

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

Copyright © 2014 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