Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert Responds To Messy Jesse, Gets Fined 100K For Remarks Regarding BronBron’s Decision

- By Bossip Staff

Dan Gilbert’s out of pocket comments have gotten him into a bit of trouble with NBA commissioner David Stern, and he has responded to Jesse Jackson’s “Runaway Slave” comparisons:

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert got in another word about the messy, heartbreaking split with LeBron James. He promised it’s his last one. It had better be or NBA commissioner David Stern could fine him another $100,000. On Monday, Gilbert said he strongly disagrees with Rev. Jesse Jackson’s criticism of his recent comments about James, who announced last week he was leaving Cleveland after seven seasons to join fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat.

James “has gotten a free pass.” He also said James should be held accountable for his actions. Jackson responded to Gilbert’s remarks on Sunday by saying the Cavs owner sees James as a “runaway slave” and that Gilbert’s comments put the player in danger.

“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Jackson said in a release from his Chicago-based civil-rights group. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship – between business partners – and LeBron honored his contract.”

In a statement released by the team on Monday, Gilbert tried to put an end to the issue.

“I strongly disagree with Rev. Jesse Jackson’s recent comments and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it,” Gilbert said. “Going forward, we’re very excited about the Cavaliers and the positive future of our region.”

Gilbert is attending the owners’ meetings in Las Vegas, where Stern fined him $100,000 for the “inappropriate” comments about James.

“He was completely correct in expressing his disappointment,” Stern said, adding that Gilbert’s statement and the sentiments he expressed in a follow-up interview with the AP were “a little bit extreme.”

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  • LaDiva

    What the hell is the big freaking deal with who Lebron wants to play with. Ahhh just like him, there will be another up and coming basketball player and then Lebron will be a no-body… Next.

  • No u can't be boyfriend #2!

    Lebron has made his decision…MOVE ON ALREADY!

  • Gold

    What about freedom of Speech? Jesse Jackson should keep his crap shut

  • RazeKane

    Morning LaDiva…exactly, and thats what makes this fools comment sooo shocking, still wondering if they were lovers or something. SMH

  • lt

    good! the cav’s owner was totally out of pocket with his remarks.

  • It's Me

    The fine was a slap in the pocket for this guy. It should have been a cool million. To Dan get excited about a 0 and 82 season.

  • tommykimon

    @ RazeKane nah they weren’t lovers he just mad about all of the money he is going to lose now that Lebron has left. He needs to get over it.

  • lt

    and jesse, sit you azz down.

  • It's Me

    Who wanna beat that the Caviliers will be up for sale in two years…

  • 6 Figgaz

    F*ck does a basketball contract have to do with Jackson’s civil rights platform? I see the irrelevant point he’s trying to make, but dude needs to get a grip…

  • RazeKane

    Tommykimon

    RazeKane nah they weren’t lovers he just mad about all of the money he is going to lose now that Lebron has left.

    Yeah, I understand about the $$$ lost, but that emotional Mel gibson type chit Gilbert was spoutin was way deeper..almost like a spurned lover.

  • LaDiva

    @ RazeKane

    Hey there Raze.
    I tell u ppl act like Lebron or any of these celebs/sports players are the messiah or something. Lol it’s not that serious.

  • THE SMOKIN' SECTION

    Man, fuuck Dan Gilbert with all his “loyalty” talk…I don’t know ANY sports team owner who is loyal…they will trade players and fire coaches at the drop of a hat, if they think it’s gonna benefit them. LeBron is lookin’ out for himself, which is what the hell he’s supposed to do.

  • realtalk

    Lebron has a right to go to another team. Jesse’s point is well understood. Gilbert came out and attacked!! But if you felt this way why did you want him to stay?? To want to CURSE him as if to say I am the owner of you !!

  • 8ESBABY

    Jesse looks like a Pug =|

  • tg

    Yes, I can see Jesse’ point on this one. Why can’t he leave to pursue better opportunities. White people do it everyday without being chastised for their decisions. Why does LeBron owe him special loyalty. Isn’t it the American way to upgrade or prosper when opportunity arises or is that just for WHITE PEOPLE?

  • WENDY

    why jessie jackson like to preach racism
    i hate this man – along with al sharpton
    let people be

  • yvonne

    Is this dan gilbert character suffers from dementia or what? Which part of Free Agent doesnt he understand? He needs to be fined another 100,000 for making this whole situation more complicated than it is, omg. Hes a scorned loser, get over your damn white self.ugh.

  • ME TRUE !!!!!!!

    HEY HEY NOW LET DONT SAY HATE. IT’S A VERY STRONG WORD. LET TREAT EVERYBODY FAIR. IT’S HIS
    LIFE HE GAVE 100% 2 Cleveland Cavaliers. ALL
    HE COULD LET’S ALL GROW UP AND LEAVE IT ALONG IT’S LEBRON LIFE NOT YOURS. AND TALKING ABOUT
    JESSIE JACKSON LIFE IS NOT FARE. GOD SEE’S ALL
    LET GOD TAKE CARE OF IT. AND HE WILL. GO LEBRON
    DO THE DAM THING……….JUST BE TRUE 2 YOURSELF………

  • what is that?

    @MILWAUKEEMATT-I AM IN MILTOWN..WE ALL AGREE WITH LEBRON DECISION..

  • BEREAL

    white man mad black man one uped him. business is business.

  • Hussein lied

    WOW!!!! he did this to appease blks and the Left,,,,,how sad!!!! society at large is held hostage by blks insecurities about themselves and their place in the world. Affirmative Action was 1 of the first (sure as hell NOT the last) things to appease blks. A blk gets a job cause hes blk NOT cause he was most qualified/deserving!!!!!

  • Toni

    Gilbert reacted as though his PRIZE BUCK! got away and he is mad as hell simple!!!

  • Shotty

    @Hussein – Funny how some yts only discuss affirmative action and quotas when THEY lose out on a job! LOL! But then again disharmony and ill-will is their nature.

  • http://bossip Hannibals Dad

    JESSE YOU ARE RIGHT, HE HONORED HIS CONTRACT AND NOW YOU OWN THE TEAM, NOT LEBRON !!

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