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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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46.

Hondeaux    

Jesse Jackson struggles to maintain his relevancy in the 21st century by continually trying to draw 19th century analogies. He is no longer relevant and neither are his archaic comments, trying to fuel a racial unjustice case that just can't be made.
That being said, it was high inapppropriate to call out LeBron like Gilbert did, because LeBron worked his tail off to bring honor to the Cavaliers. If Gilbert had gone out and gotten some talent to surround him, LeBron would have stayed in Cleveland. Instead, he's going to play for the Heat, because the Heat put their money on the line by getting the best talent.
Meanwhile, STFU Jesse!

1509 days ago
47.

Brian McKnight    

Jesse Jackson playing the RAce card.... NO.. SAY it AIN't SO

1509 days ago
48.

wendy    

yayaya, stop playing the race card mr. jackson -__- if african americans want to feel as equals with their white counterparts, they need to stop making themselves look like victims.

1509 days ago
49.

Bubba    

Goodness I never knew being a slave paid so well. I could use a few million sign me up Masser!!!!

1509 days ago
50.

Joey    

We will now hear from Super Racist and # 1 A-Hole Al I hate whitey Sharpton.

1509 days ago
51.

DEALLA    

The cavs owner did go to far this isnt about race its about the bottom line.Wich is lebron had the rite to go where ever he wanted .No matter what anyone said an even thoe the owner showed his true person by rippin a man he said he considerd a son rite up until lebron made his decision.he had the rite to say what he wanted an he did. I mean if everybody in cleveland could move to miami an make millions doin something they loved. Cleveland would be a ghost stae

1509 days ago
52.

Jer    

Jesse continues to stumble over his own racial hate. This is the guy that brags about spitting on whiteys food when he was a waiter...if he were white with his abilities he would be an angry prejudice barber in the south somewhere spewing hate for blacks....ps...not a successful barber...he couldn't do that well either.

1509 days ago
53.

strawberry    

Dan Gilbert's letter was a little harsh, but Lebron should have had more respect for the Cavaliers than telling them through a messenger five minutes before taking part in that tasteless and narcissitic spectacle on espn. He was a free agent and had every right to choose a different team. It's not that he chose Miami, it's how he did it. Of course I really wasn't surprised... I never did buy his false displays of humility.

1509 days ago
54.

Pam    

Leave it to Bro. Jesse to turn it into a racial thing! He needs to crawl back under that rock he came from.

1509 days ago
55.

ManiacalZebra    

When you turn everything into a race issue, it makes people think of lots of things in racial terms. Blaming race for EVERYTHING only encourages racism. Then again, no one would give Jesse Jackson the time of day if there was no racism, so he needs to keep racism going to stay relevant. Same with Al Sharpton.

1509 days ago
56.

M.J.    

In reference to Jesse Jackson's comments, the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of speech and as for LeBron James, he is a free man, free to make choices for himself. What part of the word free do the jersey burners et al. not understand?

1509 days ago
57.

Ernest    

Would someone please shut Jesse Jackson up? This guy along with Al Sharpton are a couple of idiots and just don't let the race issue die...EVER! Isn't this the same idiot that said President Obama was "talking down to black people" and expressed a desire to "cut his nuts off"?

1509 days ago
58.

me    

Sorry, I really did not read the comments before I posted previously.

So, For the record, I am a white / Female / in Cleveland, Ohio that supports Le Bron's move to Miami. Still a fan !

1509 days ago
59.

girlnextdoor    

Jesse Jackson thinks EVERYTHING is about race and now he has a president and his presidential czars/minions to back him up.

Best of luck to you LeBron, wherever you play!

1509 days ago
60.

Texas-Writer    

WOW ... dueling morons! Contact WWF so these two geniuses can meet!

1509 days ago
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