LeBron James Buys Ad To Send Public Love Letter To Ohio Fans

- By Bossip Staff

First the Cavs owner blasted his decision to go to Miami, then his billboards were defaced and patrons wearing his jersey were shunned. Apparently, LeBron has had enough. He created a full page ad to let the fans in his hometown to know, he still has love for them.

It took him a few weeks, but LeBron James decided it was time to express his thanks for some of the people in Ohio who supported him.

King James took out a full-page ad in the Akron Beacon Journal Tuesday, thanking the people of his hometown, Akron – and nobody else.

“For all my life, I have lived in Akron – and for that, I am a truly lucky man,” the letter reads.

James makes no mention of Cleveland, the city where he played for the Cavaliers for the first seven years of his NBA career, before making a jump to the Miami Heat.

“Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life,” James says. “It’s where I started, and it’s where I will always come back to.”

The ad has no pictures of LeBron in a Cavs uniform, or playing basketball, for that matter. The only shots of James are of him at his annual charity bike ride. There were rumors that he would be skipping this year’s “King for Kids Bikeathon,” which takes place Saturday, but LeBron says he will be in attendance.

James’ love letter to Akron comes on the heels of strong anti-LeBron sentiment in Cleveland. After James announced he was leaving to go to Miami, his Cavs jersey was burned and shirts bearing the phrase “We are all Quitnesses” flew off the shelves. The shirts refer to the mural of James in downtown Cleveland, picturing him tossing powder into the air. Writing above the image said “We are all Witnesses.” The mural was torn down shortly after LeBron announced he was leaving.

One of James’ teammates was a little more gracious towards Cleveland upon his departure.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas took out an ad in Sunday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer thanking the fans of Cleveland for their support during his 12 years there. Ilgauskas is joining LeBron in Miami next season.

“I realize how lucky I was to have grown up in a place like Cleveland. All of you have taught me the importance of family and friends; of pulling together to get things done; of loving your country,” Ilgauskas said. The 7-3 center came to the United States from Lithuania when he was 21.

“But as I enter the last few years of my career, I felt I owed it to myself and my family to chase my dream of winning an NBA championship. I hope you understand,” the two-time All-Star said.

He better say he loves them folks. He won’t be able to take his a** home if he doesn’t. And what would Delonte West do, if his stepson couldn’t come home? LOL!!


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  • Kachi Cally

    Leave d kid alone, you ungrateful a&% $%#es..

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  • Tia

    Sheesh … LeBron you can play for whomever you want, you don’t have to explain anything to anybody.

  • leslady

    Is this still a relevant story. I’m so tired of this whold mess. I dont’ care, you shouldn’t care as it doesn’t have any real affect any of our lives.

  • CoCo

    I’m from Chicago and I don’t remember ppl acting like this When MJ went to play baseball or went to play for the Wizards. Chicagoans didn’t act like this and he is Michael Jordan, we were broken hearted that he was leaving!!! They need to get over it and let that man live his life.

  • toncs

    ummmm coco. first off mj retired he didn’t leave for another nba team or the city of chicago after he could not and did not produce sh*t! mj was a winner and brought the chi 6 titles!!! he didn’t just talk the talk. he produced championships…something lebron didn’t. secondly he did not do it in the lame, all eyes on me, pre concieved, hollywierd way bron bron did. and third he can have his life. people can say and feel how they want about him. its only their feelings, which is obviously not stopping any shows for lebron. and lastly you cann’t and nor should you ever compare mj to lebron. totally different universes!

  • toncs

    and the sign is kind of funny! and i say this as a pure sports fan from neither is past or present state of play.

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  • lila

    Shut up @tonc, you really can’t be serious. You must be miserable to be so salty about a decision he made for his own life. He raised money for the boys and girls club by garnering all of that attention and in my eyes that is all that matters. All this other sensitive crap about him leaving to seek work in another state is for the birds. Grow up and let that sh*t go child.

  • webreader

    Let it GO!

  • Jay

    That sign is fake!

  • HF

    It’s the ol’ “Black man ownership” thing again. Get over it all-fuggin’-ready!

  • tg

    @Nubynqeen 8/3/10, 11:49:PM – the story above says “King James took out a full-page ad in the Akron Beacon Journal Tuesday” NOT a SIGN. A man should be able to prosper where ever he wants in the USA. Isn’t it about making more money, etc. Isn’t that the American Dream? The only thing that bothered me about his decision is he NYers siked out. LMAO I thought they were going to GO OFF on the man. LOL But I guess all is good now. :}

  • http://perryone779@yahoo.com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    Leave the damn alone, he can do and go where the he** where pleases! damn!!

  • sweetness

    toncs, mj didn’t get those championships by himself. Yea, he was the best, but also remember the great teammates who played with him. They had an awesome team. That’s whats makes the situations different. The people of Ohio are upset because he was the best player and next basketball season will be a rough one for them. Let the man get his ring. He probably felt he needed to put an ad out because of all the negativity. It’s sad really that he had to go that far.

  • dmo

    If this is true, GOOD!. Ohio idiots act like he can’t make a grown man decision to do what he wants with his own “life”. Message to the whiners, MOVE ON WITH LIFE!

  • really?

    If Lebron didn’t win any championships, why is Cleveland so upset with him leaving? I understand the lavish way he left was unnecessary; however let it go and focus on getting a TEAM of good players and credible leadership!

  • yea yea yea

    I’m from Akron, and I don’t hate Lebron! you got my support!

  • NES

    stop hatin on that man and support him!!! Go Lebron

  • Mark Mitchell

    That sign doesn’t exist. There use to be a sign with Akron Corp limit with a LeBron James sign below it, but that has been down for a couple of years now.

  • toncs

    Lol@ sweetness. Yeah ohio of course cleveland will have a rough sports year….probably a couple. No different than the pre lebron years. And of couse mj didn’t win those rings alone. No man does or can hence bron’s free agent move. They never got the right piece to the puzzle for him to win in cleveland. Never said it wasn’t the best choice for him, his fam, or his career! I’m a fan of lebron. And undersatand his choice. I can also somewhat understand the hometown fans anger(although in some aspects it was way over the top). But as far as the negativity out there, he created some of that beast with the spectical he created around his free agency. The nba is a business. Fans sometimes don’t understand that. But then again this isn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last time fans will overreact to sports! That’s why they make the billions!

  • ThickLikeCornbread

    That sign has went TOO FAR!

    LeBron owes those ppl NO-THING!

    He stayed & played for his state (which most athletes dnt do) & thats the thanks he gets. BOOOO to Ohio & Akron

  • dladystarr


    You guys in Ohio are acting like a wife whose husband left you for another woman.

    Damm, have some pride. This is sad.
    Right now, u guys are looking like a bunch of losers. New York will never go down like that.SMDH

  • sweetness

    Toncs, now I can relate to what you’re sayin. I am a female who loves basketball and I love both bron and mj. These are two talented players. Of course, opionions are like a**holes, but hey, this too shall pass…

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