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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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31.

Chris    

Oh Please..he now made this a race issue which is what not..it was a cowardly move plain and simple...Jesse Jackson grow up and quit making things a race issue that aren't! He turns everything into a race issue...PLEASE GO AWAY!

1534 days ago
32.

rob    

Only an idiot like Jesse Jackson or Rev Al would turn this in to a race issue.

And they wonder why this **** gets out of control.

1534 days ago
33.

bea    

To refer to Lebron as a slave demeans the people that are affected by discrimination in this world. For Lebron, winning rather than supporting his home community was more important to him. That is what is wrong with the US, there is no allegiance. I wouldn't buy tickets for the Heat. There are so many people who can't buy food let alone revering a guy that has no need for community. So, let's hope LeBron finally finds success in his life for a stupid ring and trophy rather than supporting your hometown that has supported you.

1534 days ago
34.

dhatr    

Did Jesse get up on tippy toes to kiss LeBron's butt?

1534 days ago
35.

Ginger    

Oh here we go. Instead of celebrating the talents of this man who is one of the best players to ever live, lets have Jackson turn it into a racist attack. I think JJ loves racism and wants to keep it alive and well. Racism is what keeps JJ and his mistresses living high off the hog.

1534 days ago
36.

enoughalready    

Jesse Jackson always has been, and always will be, an attention seeking, grandstanding moron.

1534 days ago
37.

amanda    

WTF!?!? This is all over a basketball player and yet somehow it is now turned into a slavery and race issue? Give me a freaking break next thing you know Jesse Jackson is going to be saying that the oil spill has something to do with race and slavery.....GET A LIFE JESSE JACKSON!!!!!

1534 days ago
38.

KOOL GREEN    

This comes from a guy who can't keep his **** in his pants. This is the guy who keeps racism active in this country so he can shine. He is the one who creates the wall between races. When will Jesse learn to give it up. His 15 min. of fame is over. Go raise your 100 kids like your suppose to. I've never heard of slaves that could earn 6 years and 126 million dollars. Please just shut the **** up!!!!

1534 days ago
39.

jclay    

are you kidding me, does everything have to equate to racism. it's a shame this man has become rich simply by pulling the race card!

1534 days ago
40.

nyb    

But what's the "story" anyway? He took the opportunity that he wanted. Everyone is being ridiculous. Put that energy into the oil spill for heavens sake. Animals are dying and people are losing their jobs!

1534 days ago
41.

John Elliott    

Why do the Black Leaders seem to always have to make something about race. Race did not even play a part in this. This just makes Jesse Jackson and other Black Leaders look like bigger idiots. Speak up about things that actually matter. We have so many items going on in this country that a man like Jesse Jackson could go speak about but would never get him national headlines. So of course he wants his 15 minutes due to Lebron too. It is no wonder that we have racial issues in this country. People like Jesse Jackson keep putting their foot in their mouths and making something out of nothing.

1534 days ago
42.

J Nash    

Isn't he dead yet!!

1534 days ago
43.

Sherry    

11) are you referring to LeBron or Jessie?? They are both attention whores. I was born and raised in Cleveland and was proud of LeBron for years. Now, I think he's an ass who vowed to never forget where he came from. I hope he forgets where he came from because the entire state of Ohio is embarrassed to admit such an egotistical a--hole could be one of our own.

1534 days ago
44.

Dolores Cohea    

jesse jackson needs to shut-up

1534 days ago
45.

jimmy    

This is such an absolutely absurd point of view from Jackson!

1534 days ago
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