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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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466.

jennifer    

IM A BLACK PERSON BUT I WISH THIS DUDE WOULD STFU AND SIT TF DOWN. WHO IS HE TO BE THE VOICE OF THE BLACK RACE. YOUR TIME IS OVER JESSE THIS ISNT 50 YEARS AGO ITS 2010. STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT RACE YOUR MAKING US BLACKS LOOK BAD GOSH. I SERIOUSLY HATE HIM CALL ME WHAT YOU WILL BUT HE IS AN UPETTY NEGRO WHO TALKS TOO DARN MUCH ABOUT NOTHING. STFU

1456 days ago
467.

ray hassan    

look the race card has nothing to do with what dan said i really do feel that lebron totally destroyed any modesty hes ever had he isnt even retired and is releasing movies about his greatness to me he looks like an idiot to me who thinks that omg looky here i have shoes ccars and money im a legend well hes far from it and should shut his mouth when grown ups are talking

1456 days ago
468.

Me That's Who    

LOL! Some of you white people posing as blacks on here are terrible actors and need to quit perpetrating. I mean honestly. Who do you think you're fooling. Certainly not me. LOL! You may wanna study our vernacular a little harder so you can be more believable.

1456 days ago
469.

swan    

JESSE,JESSE, JESSE, can you make a more racist statement. C'mon man, paying someone millions of dollars does not make you a slave owner, read a dictionary an get over yourself and quit stirring the pot on racism.

1456 days ago
470.

Mick    

I dont know why people are so upset about LeBron getting out of OH-HIGH-OH and going to the much better Miami. Hell be on a better team, in a better city, with better fans, and way better management.

Keith Evans said it best:
http://www.digitallizardproductions.com/evans-from-the-heavens-07.13.10---decisions-decisions-the-king-escapes-hell.html

Anyone else would have made the same move!

1454 days ago
471.

Lobo    

Jessie Jackson has absolutely no credibility. He ran a charity into bankruptcy, father a child out of wedlock and I still don't know what church he is the Pastor of. The man rides the coat tails of people like Lebron James and evrything he talks about is racial.

1452 days ago
472.

Doug    

Lou Reed said it all and the following is a quote from his song lyrics:

And here comes Jesse Jackson
he talks of Common Ground
does that Common Ground include me
or is it just a sound

A sound that shakes
oh Jesse, you must watch the sounds you make

Jesse you say Common Ground
what about people right here right now
who fought for you not so long ago?

The words that flow so freely
falling dancing from your lips
I hope that you don't cheapen them
with a racist slip

Oh Common Ground
is Common Ground a word or just a sound

Thank you, Jesse, for being just a sound...a sound that's fake.

1450 days ago
473.

EasyDuzzit    

Jessie Jackson is right!!!!! The Cavaliers management should have remained professional and wished Lebron James the best in his career???? But instead he Ranted as if Lebron Broke the Law ????? And he basicly put a hex and curse on Lebron .. damned near wishing him dead????????? Lebron James should sue his racist ass for defamation of charachter!!!! And all you idiots are too dumn to see Jessie's point!!!! Are we professional athletes and professional owners???? Or is it one sided ???????? Can the fans throw drinks at the slaves ??? And then wonder why an nba player runs into to the stands to fight one of you hooligans ????????? You ignorant people need to study your owned slanted trumped up history ... so you can be a little less ignorant ... when you speak about someone who marched side by side with MLK

1450 days ago
474.

Rob Zombie    

Regarding #479 - Posted at 12:25 PM on Jul 15, 2010 by Me That's Who

Yeah! I agree, man! If you foool crakr's wanna ax bllack them DAM! ya gots ta spel lieks it, fkeRR's! heh

Oh hey!..That's Who, Ummm, "perpetrating"??...Really?? LMAO! Nope, buddy... the word does NOT fit! But hey, kudos on that big ol' word "vernacular"! That must have taken you quite some time to learn!

Hey! Since LJ done and runned-offt, hows bouts yous com'n over and mowings mines yard, mofo??!! heh

1372 days ago
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