Jesse Jackson Defends LeBron James, Calls Cleveland Owner a "Slave Master"

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Stop the presses: Jesse Jackson has come to the defense of LeBron James.

Mind you, no one asked him to, no one cares what he says, and some of his word choice was predictably ridiculous - but he defended the NBA star, alright!

Naturally, he compared bitter Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, whose open letter to fans tore into James after he bolted the city, to a "slave master."

In a harshly-worded statement, the civil rights leader took Gilbert to task for his comments regarding LeBron's decision last week 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."

Jesse 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."

Okay, look.

No one is arguing James was bound to play for Cleveland and no one else, but it's crystal clear why no sports fan outside South Florida likes him right now.

The egotistical superstar didn't simply abandon his hometown, he strung it along, then delivered the news in an absurd, staged primetime special on ESPN.

Then he was introduced as a member of the Heat in a similarly bombastic, over-the-top event in Miami the next night, cementing his me-first villain status.

What a d!ck move.

Dan Gilbert may be glossing over his own role in James' departure, and may even be unnecessarily bitter, but his berating of LeBron was in many ways justified - and certainly didn't evoke any hint of "slave owner mentality." Get real, Jesse.


I am a black american.


Mr Jesse Jackson should go someplace and hide! How can he a thief, a deceiver, a cheater that disgraced his wife and family by having an affair with his employee have any creditability! Jesse never did anything worth while, he just rode on Dr King's coat-tail! No-no-no- Jesse, we don't want any guidance from a person of your caliber! Any advice you have to give, save it for your youngest!!!!


Both of these dudes dumb and clueless.


All the stuff QT says is right on!!! Couldn't have said it better myself!!


man this shit got alot to do with race, jesse sudnt called him out like that cause now he gone look stoopid, but its all true and im rite behind jesse on this....!!!!!! lebron in south florida now my city and if that oldd white bag of dust dont like it...he gone go to hell lol.....561 all dayy


Didn't I tell you I was coming back.
I told u that messy jesse is trying to get a donation that's all.
Go ask the boule what they think of this


Labron is a BMF and anytime a blackman is at the top of his game it seems white folks are quick to judge. I see cavs ownership as gold diggers who lost their meal ticket. I don't agree with Jesse and slave crap.


Well white folks I dont agree with jesse at all. and I dont even like labron. But you white folks need to start checking people like glenn beck, sarah palin and the rest of them crackers before you can really talk smack about jesse


Hhahahaah this is too funny. I love how Jesse Jackson is always pissing off white people. He thinks everything has to do with race. I don't really agree with half the stuff Jesse has to say, but it sure is funny as hell. He got your panties all in a bunch, didn't he? LOL


jesse jackson is a white-hater. any opportunity to spew hate towards white people is what he feeds on. how did he turn a basketball owner being mad that his star player showed such disloyalty into a master/slave scenerio? racial relations will never improve in this country as long as people like him keep opening his mouth. but blacks all stick together so no black person will call him out on his ignorance and white people will just stay quiet and hide their disgust. real progress.