Lebron James' decision to sign with the Miami Heat and ditch his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, ranks right up there with Red Right 88, the fumble, the drive, and game 7 of the 1997 World Series.
As Clevelanders this is something that should have been expected, after all, nothing ever seems to work out right for us in the end. Despite our past history, many fans in Cleveland clung to the hope that James would decide to do the classy thing and try to win a championship in Ohio. Instead, LBJ decided to screw Cleveland on national TV, in a ridiculous, over-the-top, one-hour special on ESPN, rubbing salt in the city's wounds.
For a city already struggling with a dwindling population, few job opportunities and an overall glum outlook on life, this was the last thing Cleveland needed.
Now, instead of some glimmer of hope, Clevelanders have none, at least in terms of sports. The Indians are far from contenders and the Browns don't have a fighting chance.
The classy thing to do would have been to have let the city down gently, instead of stringing Cleveland along for the past two years and announcing it on live TV in front of millions. It's sort of like being dumped on national TV -- who wants to go through that?
Now that Lebron's true character has been revealed, the rose-tinted glasses have been forcefully shoved aside for Cleveland fans. The narcissism and arrogance that fans may have overlooked, and perhaps even celebrated, before is now glaringly obvious. Fans have described James' move as "spitting in our faces" and "stabbing us in the back".
It's safe to say that he won't be welcome back in Cleveland any time soon, and that his legacy has been permanently ruined. Instead of being the King of Cleveland, in Miami James will play second fiddle to Dwyane Wade.
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