Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins took out full page ads in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post and the Miami Herald welcoming LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami and thanking - yes, thanking - Dwyane Wade for staying with the Heat.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson actually said that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert views LeBron James as a "runaway slave." Gilbert made a bunch of asinine comments after James announced he would sign with the Heat.
Jackson said Gilbert's comments "personify a slave master mentality."
According to the Nielsen ratings, approximately 9.95 million people watched James announce his decision to leave Cleveland and sign with Miami on ESPN Thursday.
That makes it the third-most-watched program on cable television this year behind the NFL Pro Bowl (12.3 million) and an episode of "ICarly" - whatever that is - on Nickelodeon, which both aired in January.
On Saturday, workers in downtown Cleveland began removing LeBron's image from a 10-story billboard.
Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins told the Associated Press that the company doesn't know what its plans are for the billboard.
Maybe Gilbert can use it to display a public apology to Cleveland, LeBron and the Rev. Jackson.
Fathead.com, the company that makes all of those stick-and-peel posters of athletes has lowered the price of James' Fathead from $99.99 to $17.41.
Need we mention the company is owned by Gilbert? Or that the $17.41 price was chosen because it is the year of the birth of traitor Benedict Arnold?
- Tom Mahon
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