I assume by now that everyone is familiar with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s overwrought letter dissing LeBron James for leaving town to join the Miami Heat. Jesse Jackson accused Gilbert of having a ‘slave owner’s mentality,’ which I don’t think is accurate since his franchise paid LeBron $63million during his time in Cleveland.
Seeking to limit further self-inflicted damage to his image, Gilbert issued a statement declaring his unwillingness to discuss his attack on LeBron further. I think this is a mistake. After all, how could his letter have betrayed a slave owner’s mentality when it paraphrases Celie from the climatic scene in The Color Purple?
Consider that Gilbert claims that LeBron’s
heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Until you do right by me… Now where have I heard that before? [skip ahead to the six minute mark]
I was hoping to see Gilbert cite his appreciation for Walker’s novel as proof of his racial enlightenment, but I guess it’s not to be.