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Old 07-12-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Jesse Jackson-Cavs Owner Sees LeBron As A "Runaway Slave"

Wow-he has made some insane and irresponsible comments but this one really is bizarre. Does any rational person really think that LeBron James is any sort of victim of racism in this whole situation? Yes he shouldn't have sat at the keyboard and said those over the top things at that moment-and if James is that awful why did he even try to get him back? But racism? I don't think so. What an insult to what true slavery was and is. Way to go Jesse.

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CHICAGO -- Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James as a "runaway slave" and that the owner's comments after the free-agent forward decided to join the Miami Heat put the player in danger.

Shortly after James announced his decision last week, Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland's fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James' decision "cowardly" and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.

"He has gotten a free pass," Gilbert told the AP in a phone interview late Thursday night. "People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is."

Jackson said Gilbert's comments were "mean, arrogant and presumptuous."

"He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers," the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. "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."

Messages were left Sunday night seeking comment from Gilbert, the Cavaliers and James.

Jackson also called Gilbert's comments an attack on all NBA players and said the owner should face a "challenge" from the league and the players' association.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined comment.
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Sort of reminds me of this

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I feel so sorry for LeBron-so mistreated Jesse Jackson will monitor the Heat owner (slave master), so no worries there.
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Yeah, because people have never felt betrayed by players in sports until LeBron left.
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That's not exactly what he said the first time..with all the slave and slave master stuff. Somehow I don't think the jobs focus has much to do with professional athletes.

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Jesse Jackson said today that he stands behind his comments that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s reaction to LeBron James’ decision to join the Miami Heat was inappropriate.

“Those engaged in this public arena must look upon workers with respect and shared dignity,” Jackson said today following a news conference at the UAW’s headquarters in Detroit.

Jackson said an owner of a professional sports team should not view a player as a good person while he is playing for that team and if he doesn’t, follow a plan to “discredit, disrupt and destroy.”

Jackson was in Detroit today to announce a new campaign aimed at refocusing the nation’s priorities on jobs, justice and peace.
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