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tshizzle
07-12-2010, 04:03 PM
SPORTSMEDIAWRLD
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert working on a huge public apology to Ex Cavs star LeBron James, this will take place sometime this week. PR Execs Used

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pl4tinum
07-12-2010, 04:04 PM
What the Fail...

Obviously the fear of no free agents ever wanting to sign with us again scared him.

I.K.W.T
07-12-2010, 04:05 PM
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tshizzle
07-12-2010, 04:05 PM
BobCavsinsider

The Cavs will release a statement soon from owner Dan Gilbert. What's he going to say?

MoGottiFor3
07-12-2010, 04:05 PM
Fuck you LeBron.

tshizzle
07-12-2010, 04:06 PM
edit: double post

CHIMOCHIS
07-12-2010, 04:06 PM
Damn lebron wins yet again

Is this real life?

Thunder
07-12-2010, 04:06 PM
Wow....I don't give a shit about the backlash he got from his previous original letter, I loved it because he spoke as a fan and stood up for the franchise and the city. To backtrack on it and actually APOLOGIZE to LeTraitor...that sort of disgusts me.

neyvit
07-12-2010, 04:07 PM
As much as I loved his letter, this is a smart move basketball-wise for the Cavs moving forward. There has always been a owners v. players battle in the NBA, and almost ALL players hated what Gilbert wrote. They would remember it during their free agency.

This way, the players will see that the owner has a deep desire and passion to win at all costs - something many owners are severely lacking - but at the same time enough respect and humbleness to apologize for going overboard.

dacoop2
07-12-2010, 04:07 PM
Don't do it, Dan!!!!!!!!

Triumph36
07-12-2010, 04:08 PM
lol, you've gotta be kidding me.

Lord Mar
07-12-2010, 04:10 PM
IMO, this is more about restoring his "image" to the public, especially with the new casino's opening soon and such. It's a smart business move. Fucktards like Jesse Jackson, as wrong as they may be, can have a negative impact upon Gilbert's bottom line...and Gilbert's not going to stand for that.

udilicious42584
07-12-2010, 04:11 PM
The end of the statement should read:

"Now that I got the cheezy stuff out of the way, come work at my casino BITCH!"

futuristxen
07-12-2010, 04:12 PM
Smart move. The Cavs need to move on, and this should effectively end the whole Gilbert-Lebron feud thing that's been such a big news story. Gilbert will say his emotions got the best of him, and he's sorry, and ready to move forward and win a title for the Cavs.

Now Lebron just needs a public apology for that travesty that was "the decision". Just come out and say, "yeah I could have done that a little better".

KCOTT
07-12-2010, 04:12 PM
Dear Fans of the NBA and Mr. Stern,

I regret my recent statements against Mr. LeBron Raymone James. I am sorry that I wasn't harsh enough. Fuck you LeBron. Delonte West misses his stepson.

Sincerely,

Dan Gilbert

A Minnow Frenzy
07-12-2010, 04:12 PM
Hopefully it's backhanded in the sorts of: " I'm sorry you're such a prick"

MeNoRikey
07-12-2010, 04:18 PM
I don't think he should apologize to LeQuit. He should apologize to the Cavs fans since the letter helped LeFraud.

mystery79
07-12-2010, 04:20 PM
He can still backtrack on some of the more "harsh" parts of the letter and say he said those things in the heat of the moment, and he's had time to reflect and would like to say he went overboard, etc. We would all understand he was doing it to soften his image with the players, but all know that he meant every word of the first letter. Then the national media and morons like the Rev. Jackson can get off his back and he can go about moving on and focus on the upcoming season.

hugerobot
07-12-2010, 04:20 PM
Maybe he's apologizing for using Comic Sans

Jon
07-12-2010, 04:23 PM
It's looking like Gilbert was bitch-slapped back to reality, but as far as venting and rallying the fans go - mission accomplished.

Heej
07-12-2010, 04:24 PM
This is good, that was a complete and utter fail on Gilbert's part. Almost every athlete that I heard comment on it was ripping into DG for that. I know he had to do what he had to do in order to rally the fans, but really that was just incomprehensibly stupid.

KI4MVP
07-12-2010, 04:24 PM
Perhaps he'll say

I'm sorry I called LeBron Narcissistic, I didn't realize he just "wanted it to be all about me."

Cavatt
07-12-2010, 04:25 PM
He should probably apologize about the personal attacks, but hopefully he won't back off the fact that he felt disrespected about Lebron's treatment of the city and the organization. It is completely legit to be upset about Lebron's actions.

kookoo
07-12-2010, 04:25 PM
What's said can't be unsaid. That's all that matters.

KilgoreTrout
07-12-2010, 04:25 PM
I'm so disgusted. Our society is really failing when someone has to apologize for telling the truth, so that a lie can be perpetuated.

That's what people used to have to do in the Soviet Union.

bucksprime99
07-12-2010, 04:26 PM
Evil wins again

jerzy234
07-12-2010, 04:26 PM
Personally I don't think he has to apologize for his letter to "that person", but he starting to see problems moving forward. My gut feeling is that agents are dimming down Cleveland as a good place to play.

moohead
07-12-2010, 04:26 PM
Luca Brazzi visited Dan Gilbert today. He found a horse head in his bed 30 minutes ago. This is pure and simple mob shit. If he doesn't apologize, he will never get a single free agent, ref call or fair lottery position.

This is a very sad day for organized (sports/gambling/crime).

Splitz
07-12-2010, 04:26 PM
He also needs to defend himself from the allegations of racism being hurled his way.

Green Lantern
07-12-2010, 04:27 PM
The reality is DG could have wrote the letter and left the personal attack out of it..now if he talks to someone off the record then fine ..that would have been enough because we all know how he felt..it would have tarnished Lebron even more and left the public sentiment more toward the owner..he could have said he didn't appreciate how it was handled yada yada..this is to restore image..with all the backlash it shows how you have walk a fine line..

BigErieCavsFan
07-12-2010, 04:27 PM
I really don't think it's going to be an all out apology. Probably just something saying he over-reacted a little in the heat of the moment.

tshizzle
07-12-2010, 04:28 PM
^ yea i hope

CzBoobie
07-12-2010, 04:30 PM
Whatever the Cavs do, they always fail...

DougHeil
07-12-2010, 04:30 PM
I can't believe Dan Gilbert would directly apologize for something we all are feeling. If he does directly apologize to this piece of dirt, I will lose respect for Dan Gilbert.

DELONTEizDad
07-12-2010, 04:32 PM
What a pussy move.

Rimage
07-12-2010, 04:33 PM
I think it's a smart move and the right thing. You know who will probably never apologize for what he did wrong? Lebron...he will never apologize or make any sort of amends for the unnecessary humiliation of that one hour special...I would prefer to take the high road and get back to basketball.

Spectre
07-12-2010, 04:33 PM
There had better be a frozen envelope coming our way for this...

CavsRules
07-12-2010, 04:39 PM
Wouldn't be surprised the least to hear Gilbert apology to LeQuitter about using too many "big" words in the letter. I wouldn't be surprised to know later on in the future LeQuitter had to ask for help while reading it..

We all know James didn't go to college, and Lord knows how he passed high school..

moohead
07-12-2010, 04:39 PM
"with all the backlash it shows how you have walk a fine line.."

I think you mean blacklash.

crabby
07-12-2010, 04:40 PM
LeDick doesn't deserve any apology. This is ridiculous.

RonG
07-12-2010, 04:41 PM
meh I will believe it when I see it. There are a lot of ways to say your sorry.

Sorry that your an asshole
Sorry your mom is a crack addict
Sorry your mom spread her leggs for a team mate.
Sorry I let you handicap us over the last few years
Sorry I wasn't able to put a max contract superstar with you this year because of you.

Ect.

David.
07-12-2010, 04:43 PM
LeDick doesn't deserve any apology. This is ridiculous.

of course he doesnt, thats not what this is about. were saving face. shot in the arm to the ball club, this was.. he made us feel better the night it happened. plus. hes going to (try) to make it so anyone will ever want to come here again (plus) and hes raised a lot of questions about what happened, and already made his statement (plus).

it is a bitch move. but were being smart, not right. this is good business and its an edge we have over the player.

Green Lantern
07-12-2010, 04:44 PM
"with all the backlash it shows how you have walk a fine line.."

I think you mean blacklash.

I know what U meant but I personally don't think or see it as a racial topic ..those who choose to paint it that way are only after their own agendas to get in on the spotlight..
I think it's petty..and just gotten out of hand..personally I feel LePunk is a coward but that's me..

ShaqsBirdRights
07-12-2010, 04:44 PM
Knew this was coming. As much as we want to believe Gilbert is this amazing lone-wolf owner, even he has to sometimes cave to popular sentiment. At the very least, he needs to do damage control to attract future free-agents.

sailfish
07-12-2010, 04:45 PM
I can guarantee you that something is going on behind the scenes that we are unware of and not privy to. My guess is this: with Jesse Jackson (and likely the NAACP) involved and making racial overtones, they're threatening a civil lawsuit against Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers, & perhaps even the NBA for 'defamatory comments' made against LeBron James.

David Stern has been in contact with Dan Gilbert and the parties are now in damage control mode. A public apology will come out and then they will sit back & hope/pray for the best. This is also likely part of the reason tampering charges aren't being pursued by the Cavaliers or Raptors, even though there's evidence to go forward with such as investigation.

This is how the NAACP works behind the scenes. Gilbert & the NBA don't want to see this situation get ugly.

Eddie
07-12-2010, 04:45 PM
meh I will believe it when I see it. There are a lot of ways to say your sorry.

He could apologize for what he wrote in the heat of the moment but then say he just wishes Lebron could of handled the situation better. Lebron has every right to leave, but he didn't have to go about it the way he did.

Imo i would be fine with something like that, i don't want him to completely take back what he said. Even though we all know he is just writing this apology because of the backlash.

Futuredome
07-12-2010, 04:47 PM
I can guarantee you that something is going on behind the scenes that we are unware of and not privy to. My guess is this: with Jesse Jackson (and likely the NAACP) involved and making racial overtones, they're threatening a civil lawsuit against Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers, & perhaps even the NBA for 'defamatory comments' made against LeBron James.

David Stern has been in contact with Dan Gilbert and the parties are now in damage control mode. A public apology will come out and then they will sit back & hope/pray for the best. This is also likely part of the reason tampering charges aren't being pursued by the Cavaliers or Raptors, even though there's evidence to go forward with such as investigation.

This is how the NAACP works behind the scenes. Gilbert & the NBA don't want to see this situation get ugly.

Not seeing it. NAACP doesn't care. Literally. Lebron is not poor or in need.

There was talk of a "apology" well before senile Jesse. It was coming no matter what.

But my guess, Lebron is getting no direct apology.

BigErieCavsFan
07-12-2010, 04:48 PM
I can guarantee you that something is going on behind the scenes that we are unware of and not privy to. My guess is this: with Jesse Jackson (and likely the NAACP) involved and making racial overtones, they're threatening a civil lawsuit against Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers, & perhaps even the NBA for 'defamatory comments' made against LeBron James.

David Stern has been in contact with Dan Gilbert and the parties are now in damage control mode. A public apology will come out and then they will sit back & hope/pray for the best. This is also likely part of the reason tampering charges aren't being pursued by the Cavaliers or Raptors, even though there's evidence to go forward with such as investigation.

This is how the NAACP works behind the scenes. Gilbert & the NBA don't want to see this situation get ugly.


I don't get how this is anywhere near a race issue? Just makes no sense to me...

TheISHT
07-12-2010, 04:50 PM
I don't care if he does give him one, he doesn't mean it.

And I see it as a good sign.

We were told we would never sign and trade Lebron. We'll we did.

This tells me Gilbert is throwing out emotions and making sound deciisons. We aren't making quick trades, hopefully we wait for something good to come our way like Maynor for nothing.

The Cavs need to be patient and make good trades for young talent and picks, I know shit hasn't started yet, but hopefully Gilbert goes into rebuild mode and not 8th seed mode.

Ohdang
07-12-2010, 04:51 PM
I don't get how this is anywhere near a race issue? Just makes no sense to me...

Jesse Jackson was out of the spotlight too long and his hemorrhoids were flaring up

Futuredome
07-12-2010, 04:51 PM
I don't get how this is anywhere near a race issue? Just makes no sense to me...

Gilbert told Jesse to take a flying leap. This apology is business pure and simple.

Triumph36
07-12-2010, 04:52 PM
I don't get how this is anywhere near a race issue? Just makes no sense to me...It's obviously not. That doesn't mean it will stop morons from bringing race into it, though.

I'm interested in the wording of the apology itself. If he bends over for LeBron yet again it will be rather disappointing. I hope he doesn't go overboard in kissing LBJ's feet and it is just what is necessary to save face (tho I don't think it will completely restore his image).

dacoop2
07-12-2010, 04:52 PM
From a business/PR perspective, yeah, it's probably the wise thing to do. However the angry fan in me wants him not to do it.

col63onel
07-12-2010, 04:53 PM
I don't get how this is anywhere near a race issue? Just makes no sense to me...

For this whole fiasco, I think there are a lot of things I could at it and say "It makes it no sense"

Randolphkeys
07-12-2010, 04:54 PM
I can guarantee you that something is going on behind the scenes that we are unware of and not privy to. My guess is this: with Jesse Jackson (and likely the NAACP) involved and making racial overtones, they're threatening a civil lawsuit against Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers, & perhaps even the NBA for 'defamatory comments' made against LeBron James.

David Stern has been in contact with Dan Gilbert and the parties are now in damage control mode. A public apology will come out and then they will sit back & hope/pray for the best. This is also likely part of the reason tampering charges aren't being pursued by the Cavaliers or Raptors, even though there's evidence to go forward with such as investigation.

This is how the NAACP works behind the scenes. Gilbert & the NBA don't want to see this situation get ugly.

The Cavaliers have a TPE, MLE, BAE, need to overhaul the roster... and suddenly the NAACP jumps all over him. Right or wrong are thrown out the window at this point, you have to smooth the situation over or else the franchise goes downhill.

That said, you would have to be a simple-minded fool to think anything Gilbert has said has racial overtones. All he needs to do is point to the $100 million he lost in the worth of the franchise in that hour. Point to the estimated $150 million the downtown will lose because of LeBron's decision in that hour. Point to the number of jobs that will be lost, and how it will hurt families of all ethnicities in the Northeast Ohio area.

People get upset in such situations, and that needs to be made more clear to the simple-minded.

MeNoRikey
07-12-2010, 04:56 PM
I'm hoping LeCryBaby doesn't follow Dan and issue an apology to Cleveland for "The Decision". Hopefully Dan's apology and LeFraud's complete disregard for his hometown will make him look even douchier.

MeNoRikey
07-12-2010, 04:57 PM
I don't get how this is anywhere near a race issue? Just makes no sense to me...

It's how Jesse Jackson makes a living.

Apathy
07-12-2010, 04:57 PM
Dear LeBron,

<a href="http://photobucket.com/images/go%20fuck%20yourself" target="_blank"><img src="http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s101/lilXtripper/go_fuck_yourself.gif" border="0" alt="yup Pictures, Images and Photos"/></a>


Ohio

tshizzle
07-12-2010, 04:58 PM
PDcavsinsider ** Dan Gilbert statement on Jesse Jackson: “I strongly disagree with comments and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it."


hopefully this was teh rumored apology to lebron he was preparing

Green Lantern
07-12-2010, 04:59 PM
This is also likely part of the reason tampering charges aren't being pursued by the Cavaliers or Raptors, even though there's evidence to go forward with such as investigation.

How could tampering charges have anything to do with any racial agendas ???
That would actually be the opposite..or even damage control..both teams could file if they actually had some hard evidence...if they don't then the effort would be wasted..and thats it..they can't prove Riley or any Heat official had contact with the FA's during the off-hands period..I have a strong feeling Riley played on it like Windy said..

MoFlo
07-12-2010, 04:59 PM
I have no problem with this at all, and I'll tell you why.

What's been said can't be taken back. He said it, he meant it.

Nobody in their right mind will believe Gilbert is actually sorry for it, and that's all that counts.

He will know, Cavs fans will know, LeBitch will know, the NBA will know, and even Jesse Jackson will know that he doesn't mean it.

But the fact that he puts it out there publicly is just a formality and can only help his image, while at the same time, keeping his message to LeBron out there in public view.

bushwick_bill
07-12-2010, 05:01 PM
PDcavsinsider ** Dan Gilbert statement on Jesse Jackson: “I strongly disagree with comments and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it."


hopefully this was teh rumored apology to lebron he was preparing

Gilbert has some f-ing balls... I love it...

Showmeyourbolt
07-12-2010, 05:03 PM
I want him to walk out on the stage, mumble a few incoherent words, and then drop his pants and grab his junk while yelling at the camera: "I've got your apology right here, punkass bitch!"

bushwick_bill
07-12-2010, 05:06 PM
His apology sounds like it was the statement that Windy tweeted and that is it... I love that man...

Gimme Some Mo
07-12-2010, 05:12 PM
I wish he wouldn't, but whatever.

I knew as soon as the national media starting ripping Gilbert for the letter, that all the "inside info" and "behind the scenes" stuff we were all hoping for would not be released by Gilbert himself.

World B ThAreee
07-12-2010, 05:29 PM
His statement should read:

Dear World,

I made some statements the other day that were way out of line and completely unnecessary, and for that I am sorry. I really should not have been that upset about the situation, given that our goal as a franchise is to win NBA championships and that f**king a**hole has had ZERO to do with any championship won by any team since the dawn of the league. (NOTE: Unless you count his throwing of the Celtics series as contributing to this year's Lakers championship). For this reason, my words were not needed. I will tell you that the guy is a complete prick, whether he stayed in Cleveland or not. I was just a bit put-off to see the value of my investment get cut in half with the phrase "I'm takin my talents to Souff Beach".

Sincerely,
Dan Gilbert

Dfor3
07-12-2010, 05:37 PM
His statement should read:

Dear World,

I made some statements the other day that were way out of line and completely unnecessary, and for that I am sorry. I really should not have been that upset about the situation, given that our goal as a franchise is to win NBA championships and that f**king a**hole has had ZERO to do with any championship won by any team since the dawn of the league. (NOTE: Unless you count his throwing of the Celtics series as contributing to this year's Lakers championship). For this reason, my words were not needed. I will tell you that the guy is a complete prick, whether he stayed in Cleveland or not. I was just a bit put-off to see the value of my investment get cut in half with the phrase "I'm takin my talents to Souff Beach".

Sincerely,
Dan Gilbert

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahah

Chris
07-12-2010, 05:38 PM
Fuck. Please don't apologize, Gilbert.

The Edge
07-12-2010, 05:39 PM
You got to know Stern has let it be known, no one bad mouths our money maker, "The Quitter".

pr26
07-12-2010, 05:42 PM
He didn't apologize:

http://www.realcavsfans.com/showthread.php?t=32995

NarlCavs
07-12-2010, 05:44 PM
If this statement that Windhorst just posted is all that's coming than there isn't an apology.

I personally hope there isn't an apology. There is nothing to apologize for. It's about damn time the truth about Lebron James starts to come out

What the hell is going on when some are siding with an arrogant, selfish, phony, lying piece of shit like Lebron and portraying him as some victim?

When racism exists it needs to be exposed and corrected. It does nothing to help when someone screams racism in a situation where none exists.
J. Jackson and J. Brown have done good things in their life and fought for things that are right. In this situation they're coming off as parodies of themselves and doing no good at all.

I'm starting to get more and more turned off by professional athletes and the circus that's surrounding pro sports.

Gilbert should not make any type of apology until LeFraud apologizes to the fans and organizations for his lies and his quitting.

sailfish
07-12-2010, 05:45 PM
The Cavaliers have a TPE, MLE, BAE, need to overhaul the roster... and suddenly the NAACP jumps all over him. Right or wrong are thrown out the window at this point, you have to smooth the situation over or else the franchise goes downhill.

That said, you would have to be a simple-minded fool to think anything Gilbert has said has racial overtones. All he needs to do is point to the $100 million he lost in the worth of the franchise in that hour. Point to the estimated $150 million the downtown will lose because of LeBron's decision in that hour. Point to the number of jobs that will be lost, and how it will hurt families of all ethnicities in the Northeast Ohio area.

People get upset in such situations, and that needs to be made more clear to the simple-minded.

Consider a few things. Jesse Jackson has been known to work in conjunction with the NAACP. He got involved this weekend and likened Gilbert to a slave owner complaining that his slave ran away.:rolleyes: That's his words not mine.

That said, Jesse Jackson has a tendency to stick his nose into otherwise non-racial situations and injecting a racial element. In this case, it's largely because Gilbert is the Caucasian owner and James the African American (now former) employee. At any regard, don't think Gilbert & David Stern's ears didn't perk up when Jesse Jackson started commenting on the situation.

Gilbert & the Cavaliers can ill afford the negative press that comes along with an ugly lawsuit that has a racial component to it, especially when the overwhelming majority of NBA players are African American. I don't doubt that this thing is being driven by Jackson and his cohorts rather than LeBron James.

It's clearly all BS. Still the threat of an ugly lawsuit and the mere allegations that go along with it are enough to make the parties involved $ee that it goe$ away.;)

Absinthe
07-12-2010, 06:30 PM
If he apologizes then he should have just kept his mouth shut. He writes this vitriolic letter accusing people of covering up for Lebron and then he follows with an apology? That's weak as hell.

The Common Man
07-12-2010, 06:33 PM
Damn lebron wins yet again

Is this real life?

well it sure as hell isn't the playoffs

LeShaq
07-12-2010, 06:36 PM
SPORTSMEDIAWRLD
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert working on a huge public apology to Ex Cavs star LeBron James, this will take place sometime this week. PR Execs Used

:thumbdown

Told ya:
http://realcavsfans.com/showpost.php?p=968013&postcount=45

Ray Charles saw this coming a mile away.

I would be stunned if the NBA did not lean heavily on Gilbert to issue this apology. Don't get me wrong, Gilbert has to have realized by now that he has shot himself in the foot with a howitzer here, but I'm quite sure the league told Gilbert that he had to go full apology.

stycool24
07-12-2010, 06:38 PM
ohhh god, please don't Gilbert! God damn it!

Why is Dan Gilbert doing this?

mrbeaks
07-12-2010, 06:39 PM
Good man, Gilbert. I mean, I wasn't a fan of the open email (even though I agreed with most of its sentiments), but you don't apologize to a guy who threw a playoff series. That's admitting you're wrong. And you're not.

It is depressing that the national media continues to obsess over Gilbert's email, while, for the most part, downplaying or laughing off the serious (and worth discussing) charge of giving up against the Celtics. ESPN is LeBron's PR firm now - at least until Favre requires their services later this month.

doughboy90650
07-12-2010, 06:42 PM
Boss Gilbert knows what he's doing. You don't get to be where he is by half-assing, being passive and bullshittin' ...... if he does apologize, he's going to apologize at a level 5 or 6 compared to the level 10 meltdown he dropped on LeBron.

Which will you personally remember more?


When it's all said and done, players will look at the situation and say, "Damn, if he dropped the hammer on the best player in the league like that, what would he do to me ?" Mr. Gilbert is looking long term and what's best for the organization. And if it means he's gotta take a 12 gauge shotty to the back of the melon in an apologetic form, then he'll do it. He's a bottom line dude and the bottom line is winning Larry O'Brien.

MoFlo
07-12-2010, 06:47 PM
Told ya:
http://realcavsfans.com/showpost.php?p=968013&postcount=45

Ray Charles saw this coming a mile away.

I would be stunned if the NBA did not lean heavily on Gilbert to issue this apology. Don't get me wrong, Gilbert has to have realized by now that he has shot himself in the foot with a howitzer here, but I'm quite sure the league told Gilbert that he had to go full apology.

Can you seriously go 2 consecutive posts without trying to talk yourself up?

It's getting rather annoying.

Apathy
07-12-2010, 06:53 PM
Cmon Danny G. Haters gonna hate, you know this. Show some sack and tell those LeHomers that you stand by what you said. Fuck them. Fuck PR. You know what PR stands for? Punkass Racists. Hello, Rev. Jackson. You gonna apologize to Rev. Jackson?

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Hell no. You're an adopted Ohioan, and Ohioans dont apologize.

<a href="http://photobucket.com/images/lebron%20james" target="_blank"><img src="http://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab240/dixiegrl1947/people/Lebron-James-psd49909.png" border="0" alt="Lebron James Pictures, Images and Photos"/></a>

Case and point ^

Cmon Gilly, dont be a Welcome Matt. You're better than that.

Aussie
07-12-2010, 06:57 PM
I heard he is apologizing for promising a championship before LeBron. He s now saying we are 3-peating.

Jon
07-12-2010, 06:57 PM
The real loss here is that Gilbert's not going to drop the bomb on everything he knows about LeBron like he promised.

LeShaq
07-12-2010, 07:01 PM
When it's all said and done, players will look at the situation and say, "Damn, if he dropped the hammer on the best player in the league like that, what would he do to me ?" Mr. Gilbert is looking long term and what's best for the organization. And if it means he's gotta take a 12 gauge shotty to the back of the melon in an apologetic form, then he'll do it. He's a bottom line dude and the bottom line is winning Larry O'Brien.

Yep, that's it in a nutshell.

*

Here's the situation Gilbert put himself in, by way of analogy:

I'm a white owner of a league that employs 75% or so Chinese people. My top employee leaves the company under less than ideal circumstances and I go on a huge, public rant blasting him about being a quitter, a coward, etc. This guy, of course, made me a ton of cash and has never publicly said anything bad about me before. He had finished playing out his contract and was free to pursue other options.

Additionally, the way I rip the former employee makes some of my personal employees and others in the larger organization I am a member of think back -- fairly or unfairly -- to a very bad time in their collective history. Let's say, for instance, the period of time when Chinese were working under awful conditions helping to build the railroad in California and the western USA.

Also, many of the Chinese members of the media who cover my industry immediately pick up on the negative historical connotations, justly or unjustly, of my rant and are out making sure the world knows that I did the former Chinese employee wrong.

Further, the Chinese population in the USA has a very strong hold on the popular culture of the country and America is enjoying its first-ever Chinese president.

This is the mine field Gilbert stepped into when he made his remarks.

The upshot of all of this is that unless Gilbert makes a very thorough, sincere-sounding apology to the former employee and those in the Chinese and Chinese-sympathetic communities, there's a very real chance that his organization will be officially or unofficially boycotted and blacklisted by a large number of Chinese employees who, again, make up around 75% of the current work force.

Not to mention the repercussions in the popular culture, political and other fields.

*

Gilbert has to apologize. He had to take on the Jesse Jackson remarks, etc.

He'll do what he has to do and then move on. He's not stupid, and he didn't become who he is by ducking challenges or lacking the ability to correct mistakes he may have made. The NBA will help guide him to where he needs to be, as will whatever "PR experts" are being brought in to craft the apology.

Bill Walton.
07-12-2010, 07:07 PM
I'm sorry, but if you say there is racial problems inside of Gilbert's letter than you are looking for racial problems.

That's the problem with Jesse Jackson, racisim is obviously still alive today, but Jesse Jackson is putting racism in spots were racism doesn't exist....

It really bothers me that if you make "negative" comments about an African American, then it's immediately flipped into a racist comment. Just shut the fuck up Jesse.

LeShaq
07-12-2010, 07:08 PM
Can you seriously go 2 consecutive posts without trying to talk yourself up?

It's getting rather annoying.

Am I wrong? Did I try to tell people what was happening with this situation before it mushroomed like this? And did so while taking a bunch of junk from people who either didn't get it or didn't want to get it?

I would be saying less about this and calling it right if people hadn't tried to dismiss what I said initially.

There's a line from Arnold Schwarzenegger that goes something like this: It's not enough to win. You have to win and make sure everyone knows you won.

I don't need to be patted on the back here, including from myself. Could care less.

What I do want, though, is for those who tried to dispute what I was saying to think hard before the next time they try to shoot me down. Learn the lesson. Or else deal with having your face rubbed in it when I, or whomever else, is proven correct.

The Human Q-Tip
07-12-2010, 07:12 PM
Yep, that's it in a nutshell.

*

Here's the situation Gilbert put himself in, by way of analogy:

I'm a white owner of a league that employs 75% or so Chinese people. My top employee leaves the company under less than ideal circumstances and I go on a huge, public rant blasting him about being a quitter, a coward, etc. This guy, of course, made me a ton of cash and has never publicly said anything bad about me before. He had finished playing out his contract and was free to pursue other options.

Additionally, the way I rip the former employee makes some of my personal employees and others in the larger organization I am a member of think back -- fairly or unfairly -- to a very bad time in their collective history. Let's say, for instance, the period of time when Chinese were working under awful conditions helping to build the railroad in California and the western USA.

Also, many of the Chinese members of the media who cover my industry immediately pick up on the negative historical connotations, justly or unjustly, of my rant and are out making sure the world knows that I did the former Chinese employee wrong.

Further, the Chinese population in the USA has a very strong hold on the popular culture of the country and America is enjoying its first-ever Chinese president.

This is the mine field Gilbert stepped into when he made his remarks.

The upshot of all of this is that unless Gilbert makes a very thorough, sincere-sounding apology to the former employee and those in the Chinese and Chinese-sympathetic communities, there's a very real chance that his organization will be officially or unofficially boycotted and blacklisted by a large number of Chinese employees who, again, make up around 75% of the current work force.

Not to mention the repercussions in the popular culture, political and other fields.

*

Gilbert has to apologize. He had to take on the Jesse Jackson remarks, etc.

He'll do what he has to do and then move on. He's not stupid, and he didn't become who he is by ducking challenges or lacking the ability to correct mistakes he may have made. The NBA will help guide him to where he needs to be, as will whatever "PR experts" are being brought in to craft the apology.

Well, if you assume that all Chinese think exactly alike because of the color of their skins and their epicanthic folds, you might be right. On the other hand, a lot of his fellow Chinese may just agree that he's a giant douchebag.

sgm405
07-12-2010, 07:12 PM
I'm sorry, but if you say there is racial problems inside of Gilbert's letter than you are looking for racial problems.

That's the problem with Jesse Jackson, racisim is obviously still alive today, but Jesse Jackson is putting racism in spots were racism doesn't exist....

It really bothers me that if you make "negative" comments about an African American, then it's immediately flipped into a racist comment. Just shut the fuck up Jesse.

I totally agree. Did ANYONE think the statement was racist before Jesse Jackson said anything? I don't think so...people are looking for it now.

I.K.W.T
07-12-2010, 07:13 PM
Am I wrong? Did I try to tell people what was happening with this situation before it mushroomed like this? And did so while taking a bunch of junk from people who either didn't get it or didn't want to get it?

I would be saying less about this and calling it right if people hadn't tried to dismiss what I said initially.

There's a line from Arnold Schwarzenegger that goes something like this: It's not enough to win. You have to win and make sure everyone knows you won.

I don't need to be patted on the back here, including from myself. Could care less.

What I do want, though, is for those who tried to dispute what I was saying to think hard before the next time they try to shoot me down. Learn the lesson. Or else deal with having your face rubbed in it when I, or whomever else, is proven correct.

You sound bitter, very bitter. You're not right, i'm not right. Nobody is right, because it's all opinions. So shut it.

ZissisKilla
07-12-2010, 07:14 PM
I hope he cuts a heel promo.

"Thursday night I issued a statement in regards to the departure of former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James. I called him a coward and a disgrace. I rudely attacked Mr. James and for that I'm truly sorry..................sorry I didn't do it sooner."

ZissisKilla
07-12-2010, 07:15 PM
my thoughts, if you take the exact same situation and make the man black instead of white, is what he said racist?

If a black owner said that about LeBron - the exact same letter, exact same everything - would people say it was racist? No. No they wouldn't.

Lord Mar
07-12-2010, 07:17 PM
The real loss here is that Gilbert's not going to drop the bomb on everything he knows about LeBron like he promised.

Hopefully he'll just accidentally slip and tell some news sources that don't care to go public with it :)

neyvit
07-12-2010, 07:21 PM
Am I wrong? Did I try to tell people what was happening with this situation before it mushroomed like this? And did so while taking a bunch of junk from people who either didn't get it or didn't want to get it?

I would be saying less about this and calling it right if people hadn't tried to dismiss what I said initially.

There's a line from Arnold Schwarzenegger that goes something like this: It's not enough to win. You have to win and make sure everyone knows you won.

I don't need to be patted on the back here, including from myself. Could care less.

What I do want, though, is for those who tried to dispute what I was saying to think hard before the next time they try to shoot me down. Learn the lesson. Or else deal with having your face rubbed in it when I, or whomever else, is proven correct.

http://healium.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/obamam-lol-y-u-mad-tho.jpg

LeShaq
07-12-2010, 07:22 PM
You sound bitter, very bitter. You're not right, i'm not right. Nobody is right, because it's all opinions. So shut it.

Nope. Not bitter. But I don't like being repeatedly challenged by people who clearly know less than I do about a subject. I'm not going to tell Michael Jordan how to shoot a basketball, or think I could, either.

I was right on what the sentiment was that was building about what Gilbert said in the letter. Quite right. So were you if you saw the same wave coming I did.

It's not all opinions. If it were all opinions, and there was no real-world fallout from what Gilbert had said, he wouldn't be responding to Jesse Jackson or working with PR pros to supposedly craft a letter of apology to a guy he ripped. There would be no need.

kidduck
07-12-2010, 07:22 PM
What is the credibility of the source for this rumor?

I don't believe it for a second.

Zone
07-12-2010, 07:26 PM
I don't need to be patted on the back here, including from myself. Could care less.

What I do want, though, is for those who tried to dispute what I was saying to think hard before the next time they try to shoot me down. Learn the lesson. Or else deal with having your face rubbed in it when I, or whomever else, is proven correct.

Or we can all just put you on our ignore list :thumbup:

That way we don't have to deal with such 'consequences'

Will someone please bring me my varsity jacket? ... I'm on my way to fire up my Hemi!

MoFlo
07-12-2010, 07:27 PM
Am I wrong? Did I try to tell people what was happening with this situation before it mushroomed like this? And did so while taking a bunch of junk from people who either didn't get it or didn't want to get it?

I would be saying less about this and calling it right if people hadn't tried to dismiss what I said initially.

There's a line from Arnold Schwarzenegger that goes something like this: It's not enough to win. You have to win and make sure everyone knows you won.

I don't need to be patted on the back here, including from myself. Could care less.

What I do want, though, is for those who tried to dispute what I was saying to think hard before the next time they try to shoot me down. Learn the lesson. Or else deal with having your face rubbed in it when I, or whomever else, is proven correct.

The bolded just about sums it up. We know.


What I do want, though, is for those...

Seriously? Who the fuck gave you any type of position of power?

We're entitled to our opinions, and because you may be right about something (We'll see if an actual apology comes out), it gives you no right to gloat continuously about what you posted, to the extent of going out of your way to link it.

Are you really wrong that often that you go all out every chance you see that you could be right?

MoFlo
07-12-2010, 07:27 PM
Hopefully he'll just accidentally slip and tell some news sources that don't care to go public with it :)

I have little to no doubt that's how Windy wrote his article on the decision.

MoFlo
07-12-2010, 07:30 PM
Nope. Not bitter. But I don't like being repeatedly challenged by people who clearly know less than I do about a subject. I'm not going to tell Michael Jordan how to shoot a basketball, or think I could, either.

I was right on what the sentiment was that was building about what Gilbert said in the letter. Quite right. So were you if you saw the same wave coming I did.

It's not all opinions. If it were all opinions, and there was no real-world fallout from what Gilbert had said, he wouldn't be responding to Jesse Jackson or working with PR pros to supposedly craft a letter of apology to a guy he ripped. There would be no need.

Damn you are ridiculously egomaniacal.

Did you really call yourself the "Michael Jordan" of this subject? Really?

MDLT
07-12-2010, 07:31 PM
I don't see how it will really help. Whatever damage he (Gilbert) caused by outrage, will still remain - whatever players who would be bothered by it, will still have their concerns. On the flipside, I actually thought it was a smart business move to get the fanbase strongly behind him, and now he risks losing that momentum.

EDIT - OK, so he's not going to apologize to LeBron, correct? Good.

LeShaq
07-12-2010, 07:34 PM
Damn you are ridiculously egomaniacal.

Did you really call yourself the "Michael Jordan" of this subject? Really?

No, I made an easy-to-understand analogy to help get the point across.

I'm finished on this. What I had to say has been said. Mods, I will not be responding to any further attacks or remarks about me in this thread, or saying I was correct again, just to let you know.

kidduck
07-12-2010, 07:38 PM
There is nothing referring to this apology coming up on a google search, any of the major sports/media outlets or via the solid NBA twitters.

This whole thing is a bunch of crap.

Shouldn't posters try to be a little more responsible?

The Real Yoda
07-12-2010, 07:41 PM
Im ok with this as long as it is an hour long special titled "The Apology"

DELONTEizDad
07-12-2010, 07:43 PM
No personal attacks of other members please.

Randolphkeys
07-12-2010, 07:54 PM
Alright, I'm going to ask that EVERYONE think about attacking the problem, not the people on the website. I will not be asking for public apologies to each other, but I do expect the discussion to change or else I'm dumping the thread.

getoffmylawn
07-12-2010, 08:37 PM
Wow....I don't give a shit about the backlash he got from his previous original letter, I loved it because he spoke as a fan and stood up for the franchise and the city. To backtrack on it and actually APOLOGIZE to LeTraitor...that sort of disgusts me.

When he wrote that letter, he definitely spoke as Mr. Gilbert the fan, but the one issuing this apology statement is Mr. Gilbert the business man, not the fan. The majority knows this statement is purely for PR/reputation purposes and has little sincerity behind it.

Trill Cosby
07-12-2010, 08:42 PM
my thoughts, if you take the exact same situation and make the man black instead of white, is what he said racist?

If a black owner said that about LeBron - the exact same letter, exact same everything - would people say it was racist? No. No they wouldn't.


'Course not but unfortunately this is what happens in America, I mean look at Kanye & Taylor Swift.


There was a huge back lash from some whites who called Kanye a racist for his on stage antics but if he had done the same thing to Fantasia then the racist dynamic magically disappears. It was about Kanye the attention whore & drama queen rather than someone who hates white girls. Just like Dan.... he's no racist and if it were once in a life time basketball superstar Luke Jackson (lol smh) who did the same shit Lebron pulled his reaction would have been the same. Jesse Jackson can eat a dick.


I don't live in Ohio so I won't piss on yall's parade because clearly most everyone enjoyed that wack ass letter. But Dan is a stupid muhfucka because you always have to remember that it's chess and not checkers. In terms of public perception he gave up his victim card & now has to apologize to the dude who dissed him on National TV. Lebron James won and it's all his fault.

Walter White
07-12-2010, 08:54 PM
So we all know that he is just gonna lie....its okay with me.

Kobay
07-12-2010, 08:54 PM
You can't piss backwards, Dan. Do not even try or you will be left with nothing.

IWantAKouki
07-12-2010, 09:16 PM
LeBron still calls himself the "King of Akron" on his twitter account...

Is it True
07-12-2010, 09:26 PM
Jeese Jackson calling Gilbert racist and comparing it to slavery is out of control. If anything Jackson is the one being racist for even having these thoughts. I highly doubt any of this is going through Gilberts mind.

Czvosec
07-12-2010, 09:26 PM
I actually don't have a problem with him "apologizing." We all know the letter was how he really felt, and him "apologizing" will put all the heat back on LeBron.

As long as he still plans on revealing everything he was going to...

NuPoet
07-12-2010, 09:29 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_E8BpJEni77I/SJmvOS1vKlI/AAAAAAAADKw/CjTsE2KR6Fk/s400/racecard1.jpg

NuPoet
07-12-2010, 09:30 PM
LeBron still calls himself the "King of Akron" on his twitter account...


There are a lot of Akron douche bags calling WKNR (Cleveland Sports Radio) saying they will continue to follow LBJ where ever he goes, regardless of what team he plays on.

MJLJ
07-12-2010, 09:33 PM
This is a rather DUH decision, if true. Dan Gilbert didn't impress anyone outside of Cleveland with his crazed, jilted ex-lover rant. As an owner, his lone mission is to sport a profitable team on the court. A basketball team in Cleveland will only be profitable if it wins, and winning is something this franchise won't be doing for a while. Not unless some big-name FA comes here, and that's not happening until Gilbert solves the mess that was The Letter.

caf
07-12-2010, 09:38 PM
Jeese Jackson calling Gilbert racist and comparing it to slavery is out of control. If anything Jackson is the one being racist for even having these thoughts. I highly doubt any of this is going through Gilberts mind.

http://search.espn.go.com/pti/

Posted this in another thread. If you didnt see it... here is a link to where the podcast can be found... roughly 22 mins in is the most bogus remark Ive ever heard Wilbon make.

Is it True
07-12-2010, 09:46 PM
If I were Gilbert I would have told Lebron in the interview process that we will not meet at the IMG center. Instead if you are interested in playing with the Cavaliers please meet at the Q exec offices. If Lebron doesn't show you know at that point it's time to move on. Tell Lebron we are ready to move on if your plans are else where. Although we would love to have you back the choice is yours. And leave it at that until he contacts you. Go on with free agency as if he will not come back. I thought this all along when the Cavs were not going after any other players.

wuck
07-12-2010, 09:48 PM
Has there been any further confirmation of this rumor? Or is just the single report?

El Martillo
07-12-2010, 10:16 PM
The Cavaliers have a TPE, MLE, BAE, need to overhaul the roster... and suddenly the NAACP jumps all over him. Right or wrong are thrown out the window at this point, you have to smooth the situation over or else the franchise goes downhill.

That said, you would have to be a simple-minded fool to think anything Gilbert has said has racial overtones. All he needs to do is point to the $100 million he lost in the worth of the franchise in that hour. Point to the estimated $150 million the downtown will lose because of LeBron's decision in that hour. Point to the number of jobs that will be lost, and how it will hurt families of all ethnicities in the Northeast Ohio area.

People get upset in such situations, and that needs to be made more clear to the simple-minded.
Well said.

Gilbert employs 4,000 people in two hard hit states, many in particularly hard hit center city areas which are more diverse. In addition to paying diverse players, coaches and staff top dollar, he does more to provide an economic social justice boost to the two cities than Jesse ever has.

Plus, just look at his and the organization's treatment of Delonte West as another example. They - Gilbert - have bent over backwards to support Red, giving him round the clock counseling, trying to keep him on schedule, cutting him some slack for his on and off the court erratic behavior this year, and past years. Been incredibly patient and supportive.

Delonte's not a star. Majority of teams would have said "hell, we don't need the headache or the costs, see ya," but not Gilbert and the Cavs. They stuck by Delonte and tried to help him thru #1 his medical problem, and #2 him being productive and consistent with his job. That example overwhelms any counter argument about treatment of Shames by using harsh words said in a very emotional time. I wonder is Jesse even knows who D West is (outside of Gloria)?

I think the overall ledger nationally on this comes out in favor of the Cavs, Cleveland and its fans/people. That's true with the media and with the general public (ESPN and cHeat media excluded.) Shames behavior on and off the court/playoffs, the pre-meditated manufacturing of this charade, his leading Cleveland on and giving zero heads up, abandoning his hometown and a very good team, "the Decision" fiasco, his making of millions, and continued blowhard ways ("7 championships boast) seals that.

I still think Shames looks worse in this than Gilbert man vs man, but Gilbert can claim victory in court of public opinion and mitigate any NBA player/agent perception issues by seizing the high road and just say basically what he said in that SI interview. Don't water down the basic message he poured Thursday night, but say he was emotional and he was speaking as - and to - the fans.

Then point out tactfully the basics that no one can dispute...the disappointment of Shames not communicating, of how Clevelanders felt he walked away from his hometown and a very good team built around him, how the organization would have appreciated a negotiation in good faith and a heads up he was leaving so they could prepare, and the hurtful announcement in a much-hyped program on national TV. NO reasonable person can argue with that.

He should also mention how great of an organization the Cavs are (without sounding defensive), how tremendous the fan base and Cleveland is, that we have a solid core of players used to winning, plus a head coach who's won championships. He should mention a few things about NE Ohio's momentum as well. As tough as it will be, say you wish Shames well in his quest for multiple championships, and maybe the Cavs will see their old friend (cough, cough) on that same road.

I don't agree he has to apologize. I love how he laid it bare. But as RK said, this is done so it's not a barrier to the Cavs having a fair shot down the road. Then close the book and let others fight the battle and release details if need be.

Grab the high road. Plus, from overhead, we can stomp on Shames below and doom him to the whorrey netherworld! :king:

Bill Walton.
07-12-2010, 10:20 PM
A much as I loved Gilbert's letter, it was an overreaction and probably a bad idea. Although it made us, as fans, feel more comfortable because upper management is grilling LeBron, it made our organization look weak to other players.

I think a better idea would have been a very intense letter about how the free agency situation was played out poorly by LeBron and how Cavaliers FO and fans deserve an apology on behalf of LeBron. Claiming LeBron quit on us in playoffs looks very pathetic. No free agent who is considering Cleveland wants to see that. They don't want the owner grilling them for underachieving.

The letter was a bad idea, and declaring a NBA championship before LeBron wins one seems crazy as well. Cut your losses, aplogize to LeBron for overreacting but also address what he did to his "hometown" and make him feel responsible for what he did.

I.K.W.T
07-12-2010, 10:22 PM
Has there been any further confirmation of this rumor? Or is just the single report?

I keep searching, and i see nothing from anyone else.

RealKingofCleve
07-12-2010, 10:25 PM
A much as I loved Gilbert's letter, it was an overreaction and probably a bad idea. Although it made us, as fans, feel more comfortable because upper management is grilling LeBron, it made our organization look weak to other players.

I think a better idea would have been a very intense letter about how the free agency situation was played out poorly by LeBron and how Cavaliers FO and fans deserve an apology on behalf of LeBron. Claiming LeBron quit on us in playoffs looks very pathetic. No free agent who is considering Cleveland wants to see that. They don't want the owner grilling them for underachieving.

The letter was a bad idea, and declaring a NBA championship before LeBron wins one seems crazy as well. Cut your losses, aplogize to LeBron for overreacting but also address what he did to his "hometown" and make him feel responsible for what he did.

but lebron did quit, thats just calling them as everyone who watched that series saw

wuck
07-12-2010, 10:26 PM
Changed thread title since I haven't seen any other confirmation. If Gilbert issues such an apology, I imagine a new thread will be posted. He didn't exactly apologize to Jesse Jackson today, plus Stern defended him (vs. Jackson's remarks), so it seems like the situation has changed. The NBA scolded Gilbert for speaking his mind, and they're evidently not going to pursue any real investigation into what happened. It is hard to see Gilbert taking the fine and then also apologizing (in a splashy way). Maybe something lower key along the lines of what has been suggested upthread. But a major apology? It will just look like he has done it because Stern told him to (and maybe he did).

InBoobieWeTrust
07-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Frankly, Dan, you have nothing to apologize for.

bushwik
07-12-2010, 10:51 PM
fuck this you people are thinking rationally now?! you pussies ;)

cavman
07-12-2010, 11:02 PM
fuck this you people are thinking rationally now?! you pussies ;)

I'm not, I will be taking my talents to his bike-a-thon with my riding west shirt and sign.

DougHeil
07-12-2010, 11:07 PM
I'm not, I will be taking my talents to his bike-a-thon with my riding west shirt and sign.

I know the National Guard was brought up earlier. I'm thinking LeBum should consider utilizing them at his do-a-mom, I mean bike-a-thon event. .... I can't resist.

Is it True
07-12-2010, 11:16 PM
Dear Lebron,

Thanks for the memories. That lead to a total disaster.


P.S.

FUCK YOU

Rich
07-12-2010, 11:21 PM
Guys, he needs to apologize for the simple fact that it makes him look like a scorned lover. For him to be ok with all the shit Lequit has done over the years, only to then get upset about it once he leaves, doesn't give Gilbert a leg to stand on. He made his point. He rallied the troops. Now apologize and retake the high ground.

EDIT: It isn't about not really meaning what he said, but instead simply doing it for the PR points. Take bake the high-ground, and turn the tables back on Lequit. Either Lequit will have to apologize because his ego is out of control, or he won't and will be hated forever. If GIlbert doesn't apologize, it gives everyone ammunition to take Gilbert's side.

IWantAKouki
07-12-2010, 11:30 PM
Am I the only one who thinks apologizing won't do jack shit?

What he said has been said. Apologizing won't change anything, we all know he meant what he said, media and fans. It won't put him back on the high ground.

He should have worded his initial statement a bit better, but the damage is done, and apologizing won't do anything except exactly what you are saying it will do - just make it look like he's trying to say what he's supposed to say to look nice.

blank964
07-13-2010, 12:37 AM
The only thing Dan needs to apologize for is letting LeDouche get whatever he wanted from the organization for years including giving perks to his buddies

covert_op
07-13-2010, 12:50 AM
SPORTSMEDIAWRLD
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert working on a huge public apology to Ex Cavs star LeBron James, this will take place sometime this week. PR Execs Used

:thumbdown

Fuck that shit. I hate PR

But I love this song-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9adW5No9IM