Wonder what you would find if you frisked Jesse Jackson’s thoughts on the ‘LeBron James going to the Miami Heat’ madness?
Answer: He compares James to a “runaway slave” or something…
Here’s another perfect example of why Jesse Jackson has fallen out of the spotlight. Yahoo! Sports reports:
Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James as a “runaway slave” and that the owner’s comments after the free-agent forward decided to join the Miami Heat put the player in danger.
Shortly after James announced his decision last week, Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland’s fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James’ decision “cowardly” and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.
“He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert told the AP in a phone interview late Thursday night. “People have covered up for (James) for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.”
Jackson said Gilbert’s comments were “mean, arrogant and presumptuous.”
“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship—between business partners—and LeBron honored his contract.”
🙄 Granted, Dan Gilbert’s comments were quite stupid, but I think Jesse Jackson just out did him.
JammieWearingFool sums things up:
I doubt Gilbert’s intention was to be viewed as a slave owner, especially when you consider he’s in the business of paying many black players exorbitant sums of money. If as Jackson claims James was a “slave” to Gilbert he was the most highly rewarded “slave” in human history. I doubt he appreciate being called a slave.
Props to Jesse Jackson… He has now taken the ‘LeBron James going to the Miami Heat’ madness to a whole new level of madness and that takes some skill.