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.

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Can someone please shut Jesse Jackson up! This goon has been riding the "I knew MLK train" long enough. This guy makes a living turning everything into a racial issue. The sole issue is white people can't stand HIM - period. Him and his loser associate Al Sharpton. I am black and these idiots give our whole race a bad name. I am sick of trying to show non blacks that these 2 goons represent themselves and not ME. Can us normal intelligent black people stick together and show the world that people like Jesse Jackson uses race to make a living. It isn't about US, it is all about HIM. Get a real job Jesse and shut the f**k up!

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boss Says: Spoke the truth. Not EVERYTHING is racially motivated. LaBron behaved like a spoiled toddler. NOT a good example for any child, Red or Yellow or Black or White -- made himself out to the a messiah! Would Jesse have been as argumentative had the player hogging all the attendtion had NOT been Black??

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let's lock Jesse and Mel in a room together and be done with it.

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Lebron decided to leave on his own HE didn,t ask for any comment on his behalf JESSE always dip his nose where it don,t belong.

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are you kidding me with this? it may come as a shock to the rev but not everything is racially motivated. lebron was an ass and gilbert is calling him out, thats all there is to it.