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LeBron James -- The Coldest Cut of All

7/9/2010 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James couldn't have possibly predicted just how much he'd piss off New Yorkers last night -- because now he's facing backlash from the most powerful Jewish deli ever.

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The world-famous Carnegie Deli -- home of the best rice pudding on Earth -- is sticking it to LeBron the best way it can ... by discontinuing a sandwich it named after the guy.

See, a few weeks ago ... when LeBron was toying with the emotions of New Yorkers by pretending to be interested in the Knicks, the deli created a mega-sandwich in his honor ... a foot-high turkey, pastrami, corned beef, brisket, American cheese, lettuce, tomato spectacle stacked on rye bread.

But now that LeBron dissed the Big Apple ... the deli is dumping the sando.

FYI -- the sandwich sold for $19.95 -- but some things money can't buy ... like loyalty.

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31.

HumanNature    

LOYALTY MY AZZ!!!

BUSINESSES/COMPANIES DO NOT HAVE LOYALTY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES!!!

THEY ONLY SEE PROFITS!!!!

ALL EMPLOYEES SHOULD HAVE LOYALTY FOR THEMSELVES!!!

YOU ROCK KING JAMES!!!

1530 days ago
32.

Brattus Rattus    

I admit upfront that I know NOTHING about sports. I could care less. I just don't understand why people are so upset over this. He made a decision that was best for him. Isn't that what all people want out of life...to be happy? I also don't know why the rapist dad is trying to get millions from a "son" he never took care of. Makes no sense.

1530 days ago
33.

Mary    

Don't care about Lebron James, but, thanks to this piece, I'm really jonesing for a Carnegie Deli reuben. Now that is a sandwich worth every penny! yummmm

1530 days ago
34.

MAXny    

Lebron this is from a proud NY'er, you don't owe NY, Ohio or any other m/u/t/h/a/f/u/c/k/e/r a d/a/m/n thing. Your former boss is mad because his sorry ass won't make as much money, it has nothing to do with betrayal but dollars.

1530 days ago
35.

Diamondback424    

He's still making millions playing a game. I'm sure he does not care about this supposed world famous deli (even though I've never heard of it and I live only 100 miles from the city) discontinuing his sandwich. NY is just mad because for once their money didn't buy them the best team. A foot high sandwich is way too big anyway, I'll take a 12" Amoroso roll thank you.

1530 days ago
36.

CCC    

Please! That deli sucks. I tried it when I went to New York and it simply sucked ass. I can make a better sandwhich at home. For a tenth of the price they charge. Much rather go tto Canter's in Los Angeles.

1530 days ago
37.

Doobie    

LeBron was VERY smart not to go to the Knicks! New York's state income tax would have cost him well over 10 million a year! Florida has NO income tax, so it's really a no-brainer.

1530 days ago
38.

dd    

Who cares that sandwich would have killed someone.

1530 days ago
39.

Philippe    

Just for the fun of it and to keep the hate going, they should leave the sandwich on the menu and price it at a couple thousand$.

1530 days ago
40.

max&&ruby    

for everybody that thinks lebron doesn't owe cleveland anything...you are wrong. cleveland built lebron james and without the cavs who knows where he would be. he went to miami in search of a ring and i hope he chokes at the championship like he did here in cleveland. lebron is a girk and i am surprised he didn't go to new york becuase didn't he show his love for them when he wore his yankees hat to an important indians game that took place in his hometown. stop blaming the owner and start blaming the idiot who left the city that he had in the palm of his hand

1530 days ago
41.

REALbarbwire7    

Wow! Have they ever heard of doing what is best for your career and family? I'm pretty sure that's exactly what he did. Good for him. Good luck!

1530 days ago
42.

HumanNature    

It's not about money, income tax or the cholesterol/heat attack sandwich!!!!

CHAMPIONSHIP!!
CHAMPIONSHIP!!
CHAMPIONSHIP!!
CHAMPIONSHIP!!
CHAMPIONSHIP!!
CHAMPIONSHIP!!

1530 days ago
43.

Guest    

Oh, boo hoo hoo! Get over it! Lebron is a grown-ass man. Whatever team he decided to go to, that was his decision he made. Move on!

1530 days ago
44.

toekneegee    

HEARD
THAT
THE
SAME
RESTAURANT
OPENED
THE
NEXT
DAY
AS
"RYANS BISTRO"

1530 days ago
45.

allysa    

for everybody who thinks that lebron james doesn't owe cleveland anything you are wrong. we built lebron james and without the cavs who knows where he would be...lebron james went for the championship down in miami and i hope he chokes there just like he did here in cleveland. he gave up on the cavs. lebron is a girk and im surprised to that he didn't go to new york because didn't he show his love for them when he wore his yankees hat to an important indians game...he will regret leaving cleveland...the place that he hand in the palm of his hand

1530 days ago
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