Dan Gilbert Is An Asshole!


Dan In the Stands


Witnessing the outrage expressed by the owner and fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the free agent superstar NBA forward Lebron James announced his decision to sign with the Miami Heat, I half expected to hear someone  say “Our prize nigger done run off!”  I immediately thought of New York Times sportswriter William C. Rhoden’s book,  Forty Million Dollar Slaves, because many of these white folks act as if they own Lebron.  As Spike Lee pointed out “the days when owners can tell players what to do are over.”  That’s the point of free agency!   Before Curt Flood’s court victory establishing the right to free agency in baseball players were virtually serfs to the owners. 

When you cannot determine where you shall work, for how long, and for how much, that’s a form of slavery.  While the folly of the Cavalier fans can be dismissed as the rants of rejected lovers, the response of the team’s owner is despicable.  It is also blatantly hypocritical.  Dan Gilbert is estimated to have a net worth of 1.1 billion dollars, and it is clear that anyone who has made that much money is a cold blooded shark in business matters.  This means that the decisions he has made were based on maximizing his interests, which is what Lebron has done.

King James

Gee It’s Great to be The King!

“This is a business,” Lebron reminded his critics, and pointed out that the Cavaliers would get rid of him in a heartbeat if he no longer served their interests.  That’s how the professional athletic game is played.  While the fans may be confused on this issue Dan Gilbert is not.  Hence his open letter to Lebron represents a brazen display of arrogance and hypocrisy. 

“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 sport and probably the history of entertainment.”

            Shameless in his duplicity Gilbert continues his silly and self-serving diatribe. 

         ” 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.”

What Putrid nonsense!  I agree with basketball commentator and NBA great Mark Jackson who said that he regards the way Lebron handled this set a great example for his kids and he discussed the decision with them.  For here is a guy who put the game ahead of his personal aggrandizement; forfeiting millions of dollars, personal adulation, and being “the man” on a team built around him in favor of being part of a winning team.  In an era where all the higher ideals of sport has been sacrificed on the alter of money and personal stardom, King James looks like a knight in shining armor to me!

Furthermore, even Stevie Wonder can see that Gilbert’s remarks are nothing more than  fox and the grapes shit.  Now that Lebron is beyond his reach, after offering him everything but his wife and kids, he tells us that the King is really a dog who quit in the playoffs!   And he promised the Cleveland fans that the Cavs would win a championship before Lebron wins one in Miami. Bullshit!  Aside from being a lying chump, Gilbert also thinks the rest of us are stupid.  But as in so many cases where big shots play us cheap he exposes himself as a shallow self-aggrandizing  fool. 

On South Beach in the Magic City

It’s Party Time 24/7, a great place to be young rich and single


It is no mystery why Lebron signed with the Heat; even if he were not joining two other superstars on a team whose potential for winning championships seem infinite.  I have spent time in Miami the last two years, it is a beautiful city and I always wonder what it must be like to be D Wade living there.  Lebron must have wondered too; that’s why he is moving from the “Mistake by the Lake” to the “Magic City.”  And that’s a very smooth move.  Hence Lebron remains the King and Gilbert is a colossal  asshole!

The Mistake by the Lake

Moving to  Miami is a no Brainer!        



Playthell Benjamin

Harlem, New York

July 9, 2010

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