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Jesse Jackson -- Cavs Owner a 'Slave Master'

7/12/2010 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jesse Jackson has come to the defense of LeBron James -- even though no one asked him to -- and compared Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to a "slave master."

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In a harshly-worded statement, Jackson took Gilbert to task for his open letter to Cavaliers fans which slammed LeBron's decision to sign with the Miami Heat. Jackson says, "He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave."

He goes on, "LeBron is not a child, nor is he bound to play on Gilbert’s plantation and be demeaned. He has been a model citizen and has inspired the children of Akron, Cleveland, the State of Ohio and the United States."

Not sure if Cleveland fans would rush to LeBron's defense right now.


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Ace    

Well, this should officially end Jessie's credibility...

1481 days ago
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Elsa    

This coming from the guy who "wanted to rip Obama's scrotum off"...

1481 days ago
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your own luck    

Only Jesse Jackson would try to twist this story into this ridiculous spin.

1481 days ago
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Kitty    

I guess this is now a race issue since Jesse Jackson is involved.

1481 days ago
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Twain    

ah yes......anytime someone white has anything negative to say about someone black it must have something to do with race! Gotta love that card!

1481 days ago
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CubanB    

I wish Mel Gibson would slap some sense into Jesse

1481 days ago
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dd    

LeBron fufilled his contract and moved on, what's the big deal?

1481 days ago
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Mincello    

i bet JJ is sipping crystal with Mel Gibson right now

1481 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

A. Who the Hell asked Jesse Jackson
B. Why whenever a black person anywhere in the United States is criticized, Does Jesse Jackson adn Al Sharpton think it is their business to mouth off.\

Oh yeah let's see they want their 15 mkinutes of fame.

This is america you too have nothing to say except make everything a racist comment.

1481 days ago
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Sunshine    

Ignore this cheating attention seeking POS.

1481 days ago
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Cravin Morehead    

Would he have come to his defense if his name was Brian and he was white?

1481 days ago
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anonymous    

This fool turns everything into a race issue.

1481 days ago
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s82a1a    

This story alone goes to show that Jesse Jackson has ZERO credibility. How he can twist everything into race, I have no idea! Just go away Jesse, no one asked you for your racist opinion anyway!

1481 days ago
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Anthony    

Jesse just insulted slaves. I don't remember slaves getting 100 million dollars to play basketball. This just shows you Jesse is bored and has been out of the news lately.

1481 days ago
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Brian    

good god...first jackson, next sharpton..im sure they will incite a problem that doesn't exist...they should shut the hell up.

1481 days ago
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