Professional athletes are paid well for their talents. They live lives that many envy but when they do not get their ways so often they compare their status to that of a slave. Share your thoughts.
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Andre Iguodala says “he does what the master says”…why do millionaire athletes compare themselves to slaves?
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. Lebron James has taken this cast of characters on his back and placed team on the big stage. They wondered in the wilderness while James took his talents to South Beach. Owner Dan Gilbert put the “Celie” Color Purple hex on James when he left. Gilbert pointed his finger at James and said “until you do right by me every thing you touch”…well you know the rest. No, this is not a quote from Gilbert you will find his words below, but last night 5 years later he was all smiles. Yes, you can go back home and yes for the right price the owner will welcome you with open arms.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted this letter on the team’s website after LeBron James’ announcement he was leaving for the Miami Heat.
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….
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Last night Donald Sterling sounded like a desperate man. He claimed that he was not a racist, and the media was actually driving this story. Sadly, the interviw did more harm than good. Anderson Cooper just sat back and let Sterling strangle himself with his own words. One was left wondering was he just a racist or was he in fact a man in the early stages of dementia? Where were his handlers? Sterling is a billionaire. Who is giving him advice?Who thought this interview would actually help him? Last night he put a nail in it.
Tonight Donald Sterling will appear with Anderson Cooper to discuss his possible dismissal from the league. He blamed his girlfriend and he took a shot at Magic Johnson. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
Yesterday the NBA and the rest of us breathed a collective sigh of relief. Adam Silver announced Donald Sterling was banned for life from all NBA operations, and he will be forced to sell his team if the other owners agree. Sterling is guilty of making racist remarks to his girlfriend. She taped the conversation and the tape was released to TMZ on Saturday. There is no debate that the comments attributed to Sterling were reprehensible, but does the fact that he made them to his girlfriend in a private conversation make you feel just a little uneasy? Does the fact that she was being sued by his family make any difference? Sterling has a history of racial issues in his past. He was forced to pay 2.7 million dollars to the government regarding housing discrimination, but this was not a part of the Silver decision. The Silver decision was based solely on that tape. A private conversation caused his public humiliation. What if someone was in your home or with you 24/7? What kind of things are you saying? No most of us don’t own a NBA franchise, but we do work. What would your boss say about you if he heard you talking to your friends, spouse or relatives? Would your conversation be deemed acceptable? Who could hold up to the scrutiny? Sterling was exposed, but many in the NBA circle knew who he was prior to the telephone revelations. The telephone scandal pushed them to take action that probably should have been taken long ago. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said the NBA was going down a slippery slope the other day, and his comment was met by jeers, but he had a point. Racism is universally reviled, but what other subjects could warrant this kind of action? At this point no one knows, but one thing the NBA owners know is think before you speak and make sure nothing you say can and will be used against you, and lastly if your sports story is on TMZ you will soon be a former owner.