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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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91.

dmw    

An owner loses a multi-million dollar investment and I would expect him to be upset about it. Yes, James has the right to leave but Gilbert also has the right to be upset. Jesse Jackson is one of the biggest perpetuators of poor race relations there is. He better thank God there is racism in the world because without it he and bigot Al Sharpton would be completely irrelevant.

1475 days ago
92.

Joan    

If JJackson left the slave story out of it the rest of what he said is true. LeBron has every right to take his career in any direction he sees fit. Why is everyone so nuts about this?

1475 days ago
93.

Scott    

why does everything with Jackson have to be race!? I think that he keeps it going just so he has some press time! 15 minutes were up years ago Jackson!

1475 days ago
94.

Esther Hernandez    

As a black person, i am so sick of this guy, Al Sharpton included. Does Jesse Jackon does even know about the life of a slave in a plantation field? i did not know slaves were paid 100 dollars and they also had the option to go from one team to another.
This is guy is such a joke.

1475 days ago
95.

Bill    

What does JJ have to say about the Black panther thugs?

1475 days ago
96.

bigpappy    

He defended OJ TOO.

1475 days ago
97.

Henry    

Shut the hell up Jesse!

1475 days ago
98.

RC    

Jesse Jackson is acting like an ignoramus and a baby. He's bored and wants attention. Now, he's not in the public spotlight and is irrelevant to many people. He's bitter because people didn't take him seriously when running for president. (Probably something about not having any experience in elective office.) Also, Jesse might be upset because he hasn't extorted (recently) any high profile individuals and companies for his Operation PUSH organization. If memory serves me right, doesn't he have an illegitimate child he needs to focus on? I personally don't care much about Lebron.

1475 days ago
99.

Black    

Rafaelle Zuccaro, the white ppl on Jerry and Maury are just as dumb and stupid as the black guest. and, beleive me, they are made fun of also.

as far as jesse jackson, i do believe he has become irrelevant-and racism in general. we are all equal and whoever has to go the race route usually are not satisfied with themselves so have to blame it on someone.

and, i'm not a sport fan, but i think the cleveland owner (or whoever that man is) and fans are just as big a jackass as jesse is. how childish! why wouldn't LeBron go where he wants, given the opportunities he's been afforded.

1475 days ago
100.

John    

A slave master that pays his slaves millions of dollars

1475 days ago
101.

Hench    

Give it a break Jesse..Show me a slave that made ten of millions and was free to do whatever he wanted...including white women..Jesse you are on racist *******..wish you would just go away. Enough with the Black card already..Racist Jackson.

1475 days ago
102.

Sabrina    

Can someone please let Jesse Jackson know this isn't 1955 and he needs to STFU. He's the most racist bigot.

1475 days ago
103.

john    

jesse Jackson can go burn in hell. hes the reason people dont like black people.

1475 days ago
104.

Chuck    

Once again Mr.know nothing is putting his nose into a situation where it doesn't belong. Jackson plays the race card so well that many buy into his "act". His "act" is getting a bit old, out of touch and certainly out of date.Stay home and count your extortion dollars Jesse.

1475 days ago
105.

PET    

JESSE JACKSON IS A RACIST. HE IS ALSO INSANE AND BELONGS IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL. DOES HE NOT UNDERSTAND THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUT HIM. HE IS A BABBLING FOOL AND LOST ANY CREDIBILITY 25 YEARS AGO.

1475 days ago
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