To anyone who has been mildly entertained  by my blogs posts, I’ll be returning to the blogosphere soon.

After all, it’s almost Baseball season.. my favorite.

This semester has taken up every minute of my spare time, so once it’s over (in about a month!) I’ll be back!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sign of QUITNESS parody of WITNESS

What Cleveland Really Thinks

As much as LeBron says he doesn’t want the discussion of “The Decision” to continue, he’s sure prolonging the issue.

I don’t know how many times it needs to be said before it sinks in, or until LeBron and his brilliant entourage actually listen to the people of Northeast Ohio. It wasn’t his decision that made people mad or question his loyalty and overall character, it was the manner in which he delivered the news.

 

No one else around the country cares about LeBron’s decision. No one. They never did and they still don’t. Northeast Ohio is the only area that holds any residual anger against him. And that’s because he keeps slapping them in the face with interviews and this lovely Nike commercial everyone is talking about.

That was the point, right? To get people to talk? Well he has succeeded. And every time he releases something like this he highlights the people of Northeast Ohio and paints them as immature naives who can’t “let it go” or “leave me alone.”

In my opinion, he deserves all of the backlash he is getting from radio and TV personalities. It baffles my mind that he continues to be surprised when he is not received the way he would like. Not only are these guys hilarious and clever, but they’re right. And so is this rebuttal video created by some Clevelanders: here.

People on the outside keep saying things like “leave the man alone” or “get over it” or “what’s the big deal?!”

Here’s what I have to say to that.

How about YOU leave us alone, LeBron? Live with your decision and YOU let it go.

LeBron had his chance to redeem himself. He had his chance to deliver his message in a mature, appropriate way. But he chose to display his disloyalty instead. So he needs to live with it. And stop making Cleveland look like the bad guy. LeBron decided to glorify himself and play to his “King” title by holding that ridiculous “Decision” show. He thought he was so important that ESPN and the world needed to allocate multiple hours to witness his viciously pivotal life decision.

I knew as soon as he began entertaining the idea of leaving that he was gone. This could have been a behind-the-scenes conversation. It should have been. It should have started with LeBron giving Cleveland enough time to work around his departure. As one of my classmates said: “put in your two weeks.” That’s more than PR: it’s about being respectful and having common sense.

Instead of such a silly commercial, LeBron, you should have held a press conference, if not before deciding to leave, then shortly after, stating the following:

  • I love the city of Cleveland, and the state of Ohio
  • I love my Cavs teammates and the Cavaliers organization
  • I’ll still be around because this is my home
  • I have an opportunity and I’m going to take it, I need a change
  • I’ll never forget where I came from

I may be an amateur PR spokesperson trainer, but this just makes sense to me.

LeBron said “Should I be who you want me to be?” in his commercial. What a vague question. It could foster so many different solutions, when there is only one answer: be human. Think about it.

Some athletes just don’t get enough credit, while others steal the spotlight for dirty deeds. Time spent dedicated to drama and wrongdoings among our “heros” and “leaders” and “celebrities” completely outweighs the time spent congratulating those truly genuine athletes who do great things.

Josh Cribbs is an example of such an athlete.

He would probably disagree, or at least be modest in his disagreement, because that’s just the kind of guy he is. He would never claim to be a hero or a king. Even though I’m sure quite a few fans in Cleveland would argue to the contrary.

Not only is Josh Cribbs an excellent athlete for the Cleveland Browns organization (14 receptions, 185 yards, 1 TD and a 65 yard longest punt return this season thus far), he’s a stand-up man.

Last season when he sought to negotiate his contract, he, unlike some athletes from Cleveland, begged to stay. He was not being offered anything close to what he deserved, considering his weekly contributions to both sides of the ball, and waited for the best offer from the front office. He Tweeted constantly about how he wanted to stay, how he loved Cleveland and his fans, and how he knew he deserved a better contract.

Absolutely no fan disagreed with him. “PAY THE MAN” was a hashtag statement for weeks during his contract negotiation.

Cribbs is also unlike a few key (former) Cleveland athletes in that he’s supporting the area’s teams wherever he goes. I have yet to see an interview where he’s not wearing either Kent State University attire, an Indians cap, a Cavaliers cap or some type of Browns outerwear.

Last weekend at Kent State‘s home game against Ball State, Cribbs donated back the $100,000 he (estimated) was granted as a scholarship for his athletics and academics. KSU retired his jersey and dedicated the game to him. Josh Cribbs Day was a huge success: approximately 15,165 tickets were sold and Cribbs donated a good sum of money to the Rootstown, Ohio youth football league.

Josh Cribbs hosts a benefit Halloween party in Cleveland

Josh Cribbs hosts a benefit Halloween party in Cleveland

The night before Josh Cribbs Day, Cribbs held a benefit Halloween party at Fortress Nightclub in Cleveland where a portion of the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s the flyer he handed out.

In the blog WaitingForNextYear, post writer Scott gives a great summation of the event held for Cribbs on Saturday at Dix Stadium in Kent.

At the event, Cribbs happily spoke to many news outlets and encouraged others in the NFL to give back to schools.

According to the post by Scott, Cribbs is only the fourth player to have his jersey retired at KSU.  He  joins Jim Corrigal, Eric Wilkerson and nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jack Lambert. Scott said that though hailing from the Washington D.C. area, Cribbs’ alma mater provides Cleveland fans with a link to consider him “one of us.”

Scott believes, and I agree, that fortunately, the Pro Bowler has returned the favor by embracing Cleveland as “home.”

Recently in an interview with Jim Rome, Cribbs expressed the need for a new leader in Cleveland after LeBron’s departure. He stated that he does think Cleveland fans are looking for someone to fill that void.  However, he did urge fans not to select him, or pick that one guy. “The city of Cleveland is more than just one person.  And it’s more than just one team… Wins heal everything and if we could just win something they’ll love us forever.”

Now that’s a team player, a good athlete and a good man. Cribbs is a well-spoken individual who, to me, is real. He’s not out to win people over, impress or anything like that. He doesn’t have to try. He’s just a genuinely good person. Professors here at Kent State would back this up in a second, as well.

The NFL and world of sports in general needs more athletes like Josh Cribbs.

my ever-so-untrustworthy satellite dishA year ago I signed up for Directv. The process was grueling, and my mother sat listening, for an hour and a half as I spelled out every single word of the English language to a woman from India.

Outsourcing will be the demise of big corporations. Guaranteed.

I remember the conversation vividly. I spelled my name eight times, my address 12, and my social security number 10 times. This is NO exaggeration.

I should have known there would be issues in the future. I asked for a 12 month contract, because I knew I wouldn’t be staying in the same place for more than a year to a year and a half. I was told “okhhay maaaaaaam.” And for some strange reason, I trusted her chipper self, not considering this massive, looming language barrier.

So a year passed by, and when I called to change my service/extend it/cancel it.. A nice Middle-Eastern man joyfully informed me that I had indeed signed up for a two-year contract, and it would cost me $80 per month to keep my service as is, (I was paying 34 with a monthly rebate) or $240 to cancel early.

I almost threw up right there. First of all, as a full-time college student who is also working 15 hours as an unpaid intern and working a part-time minimum wage job on the side, both of those numbers terrified me. Secondly, I watch probably five channels. SyFy, because I love Ghost Hunters. Travel because I love Ghost Adventures. Channel 19 because I love my “shows.” Discovery, because, well it’s awesome. And A&E because I love Burn Notice and Covert Affairs.

The nice man offered me a package that would cover “60 of the most popular channels,” costing $40 per month. The family package. Well. The family package consists of news, cartoons and infomercials. Not any of the above stations, except channel 19. I watch TV once a week now: Sunday Night Football.

So I’m paying 40 bucks for nothing, basically.

So I called Directv again. I always prepare myself before such phone calls. Going into it I was hoping maybe to change the package/replace channels or cancel the service without paying the ridiculous fee. I’ve heard success stories about this before, and I thought if I was polite, articulate and compromising, I would be granted some leniency.

You can probably guess by my tone, that the complete opposite happened.

After a confused Indian woman couldn’t come to any conclusions, she summoned her supervisor at my request.

This guy was ready to say no to me before he got on the phone to hear what I had to say.

Never in my life have I felt so disrespected by a complete stranger. After he so graciously “allowed” me to make my plea, he threw the book at me. Now, I’ve worked in the food industry for six years, more than half of those years in management. Never would I ever speak to a customer the way this man did. Even to an irate, drunk, senseless fool I wouldn’t consider taking this tone.

He informed me just how much he didn’t care about my individual situation, about how I should have read the contract (which I never got) and how my finances are not his problem. My pleas for “help me” and “well, how about this” were completely ignored, and I finally started to lose my temper as he kept talking over me. I told him that he had an attitude, to which he replied, “Well that’s your opinion isn’t it?”

Guess what, Directv “supervisor,” my opinion, as well as the opinions of other customers DO matter. Perception is reality and if you’re cocking an attitude and offending me, then you need an attitude adjustment… Pronto.

After another “well guess what, that’s not my problem,” he asked me so very hatefully: “is there anything *else* today?”

Yes, Directv supervisor there is in fact something else you can do for me: you can go to hell.

Like the many over-privileged, over-paid, power hungry, uneducated individuals I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years, you need to learn a thing or two about CUSTOMER SERVICE. I pray that someone plays back our conversation for quality and assurance purposes, and maybe hand you a broom and dustpan to clean up after your replacement.

I’m not saying I’m entitled to special treatment, but an “Oh I’m sorry ma’am, there just isn’t anything I can do, I’m so sorry,” would have been sufficient. But I know, there is Always something that can be done. Always.

In summation:

People who do not speak or understand English should not be hired as customer service representatives. I love accents. But I don’t love having to repeat myself a dozen times. And I also don’t love asking a question and being told something untrue.

Directv needs more stringent hiring criteria for their “supervisors.” Period. If I were in charge of that individual I’d be ashamed of myself for giving someone so unreasonable and unschooled, an opportunity to mess up my company’s reputation (further).

Here at PissedConsumer.com, you can read other stories about fabulous encounters with Directv CSRs.

I’d love to hear your experience, too!

Is football getting too rough? I don’t know about that, but I do think a few individuals are getting a little too competitive.

This past weekend, five players suffered major collisions which resulted in motionless athletes on the ground. Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs was one of them, and those of us in the marketing office at Kent State had a minor panic attack as “Josh Cribbs Day” draws closer. His own college teammate, James Harrison knocked him out. Harrison, later in the game, also sent Mohamad Massaquoi to the sidelines with another hit. Usually when the Browns and Steelers play, it’s very physical, but Sunday was a little more so.

Steelers' James Harrison hits Cleveland's Mohamad Massaquoi

Steelers' James Harrison hits Cleveland's Mohamad Massaquoi

According to ESPN, Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson needed two people to help him leave the field after Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson leveled him with a devastating hit that gave both players a concussion. Jackson’s concussion was characterized as “severe.”

Also, Detroit linebacker Zack Follet was later hospitalized after a helmet-to-helmet collision with the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul during a fourth-quarter kickoff return. Doctors later reported Follett had movement in all his extremities.

And Todd Heap’s mouth guard came flying out after New England’s Brandon Meriweather smashed into him. Heap returned to the game later stating he didn’t have a concussion… but with these hard hits, you just never know what can happen. Helmets or no helmets, players can suffer extreme life-threatening injuries when taking hits like these.

So here’s the apparent dilemma: should the NFL fine players or suspend them for questionable plays?

My answer: yes.

First of all, I’m glad the NFL is taking this seriously. I hope they plan to focus more on this restriction than other frivolous tasks (like banning military flags on game day). This is good PR for the NFL. Holding players accountable and keeping the game clean and as safe as can be should be priority number one. Aggression and intensity may elicit sellouts, but people won’t want to come see games if their favorite players are out due to head injuries.

Here’s the problem: athletes make more money than they know what to do with. If the NFL thinks they’re going to put an end to unnecessary above-the-shoulder hits by fining players a few grand, they’ve lost their minds.

In another ESPN article, Rodney Harrison stated that he was not threatened when he was fined ten grand or even fifteen grand, but the message hit home when he was suspended and was forced to spend time away from his teammates.

James Harrison, on the other hand, stated that he intends to hurt his opponents, but not injure them.

I’m no football player, but if I weighed more than 200 pounds, I’d have a hard time being able to distinguish between simply “hurting” someone, and “injuring” them. This would require being able to differentiate between so many different variables in mere seconds.

Helmet-to-helmet hits video.

I understand the game is rough. I’m the first to cheer for a player who issues a massive hit to another. But keeping it below the shoulders doesn’t seem like a ridiculous suggestion. The health of athletes should be of top concern and I’m glad the NFL is taking a strong stance on this. I hope they keep up with it, and suspend players for these helmet-to-helmet collisions.

Before someone loses their life.

What do you think? Sound off here: NFL Poll

Last week, Deadspin.com started reporting that Minnesota Vikings quarterback, 41-year-old Brett Favre is the new Tiger Woods/Ben Roethlisberger. Allegedly he’s been sending racy pictures and text messages to female Jets employees.

According to ESPN, the NFL has expedited an investigation into the incidents and could punish Favre under the personal conduct policy and in a somber message to his fellow Vikings yesterday before the big defeat, he apologized for generating so much negative attention.

 

Brett Favre's scandal with Jennifer Sterger

Try explaining this one away...

 

He did not, however, own up to anything.

Public relations Strike one.

And he definitely did not deny anything.

Public relations Strike two.


Can we just think back, please, to last year when Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians was revealed to have been sending racy pictures to his “girlfriend,” that Playboy Bunny, Brittany Binger. The pictures went public and spread so fast that Sizemore’s knee-jerk reaction was to threaten Deadspin for defamation of character. As far as I’m concerned, it wasn’t defamation… at all. But I can definitely see why he’d be upset.

However, Sizemore issued a statement just a few hours after the photos were released, owning up to his mistake. We’re pretty good at owning up to mistakes here in Cleveland. It’s a weekly occurrence.

First of all, these females being flirted with have an agenda. It doesn’t take a genius to realize this… or maybe it does. Anyway, for those with less-than-genius brain capacities: they want publicity, not you.

Especially in the case of Favre. I mean, going after a reporter… stupid. Just stupid. And Jenn Sterger? COME ON Brett. She’s a glorified stripper. Yes, beautiful and appealing… I’ll give her that, but she’s just a few steps away from trashy.

Where’s Jenn in all this? Oh, well she’s throwing Favre under the bus. Big surprise? No. Freakin. Way.

This is huge for her. An opportunity to promote her webpage, online diary and blog. A woman not in the spotlight, would probably be flattered by Favre’s advancements… probably weary because he’s married. But a woman who craves money and attention, who sells herself based on her sex appeal, will milk this for all it’s worth.

Secondly… What is going on with these male athletes? They’re paying top dollar for advisors and for some reason, they can’t keep their hands off women who aren’t their wives.

Deanna Favre is gorgeous… by the way.

According to The New York Post, Deanna has suspected Brett’s infidelity before. She stayed with him through his Vicodin addiction, drinking problems and rehab stint. She also followed him from state to state with their two daughters as he changed teams.

It seemed as if Favre was trying to mend his public appearance.

  • American pride Wrangler jeans commercials
  • Sticking in the NFL for his team
  • Charity work…

Favre didn’t take this statistic into consideration: 45 percent of NFL fans are women.

As reported by ABC news, the NFL is a league that cares about what women think. Really now. Someone needs to communicate that to the athletes. Because I’m not buying a jersey until I know the last name represents an individual who has respect for women.

Just because the NFL creates pink jerseys doesn’t mean they care about what women think.

It’s time to hold athletes accountable.

It would behoove Favre to learn from Tiger Woods, and NOT hide from the media. Get it out now while you still have some dignity left.

On a recent visit to Quantico, Virginia’s military base, my boyfriend and his marine unit visited the National Marine Corps Museum. There they saw photographs, artifacts and hallways of information concerning everything United States Marine Corps.

They also saw a plaque dedicated to Cleveland’s famous Browns owner, Randy Lerner. I didn’t know this, but Lerner’s father, the famous Al Lerner, was once a marine and he set aside a fund totaling $10 million to support the growth of the museum.

Even more interesting, it was noted in the display (information not available online for reference) that Lerner pays a hefty fine for every single Browns home game for flying a USMC flag in the stadium.

Okay. ::takes a deep breath::

Marines Honored for Re Enlisting at Browns Stadium

Marines Honored for Re Enlisting at Browns Stadium

I can understand a fine for advertising cigarettes, or pornographic material. Material banned by the Federal Communications Commission.

But a fine for displaying the flag of the organization that has defended our country since its inception? This is extremely bothersome to me.

I may be conservative, I may be in favor of this war and my boyfriend may be a marine. But I think anyone with any sense of respect and dignity would find something terribly wrong with this, even if the war effort is not something they believe to be reasonable. At least I would hope so.

Here’s the USMC “core values” mantra:

Marines are held to the highest standards, ethically and morally. Respect for others is essential. Marines are expected to act responsibly in a manner befitting the title they’ve earned.

Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in every Marine. It is what compels Marines to serve our country and the Corps. Every aspect of life in the Corps shows commitment, from the high standard of excellence to vigilance in training.

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to face fear and overcome it. It is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in every Marine. It steadies them in times of stress, carries them through every challenge and aids them in facing new and unknown confrontations.

This isn’t something we consider as Americans to be universally acceptable? This isn’t something that we as Americans strive to honor, uphold and aspire to be?

Freedom of speech apparently doesn’t apply here. It’s not like Lerner is advertising something disrespectful, illegal or distasteful. These are American men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect us… and we won’t honor them by flying their flag?

What?

I just can’t wrap my head around it.

This is beyond public relations. This is a matter of respect and honor and most importantly: freedom. Freedom to be Americans and everything that entails. Freedom of speech to fly a flag in honor of those who have served, died serving or continue to serve this country.

I’ve heard of businesses trying to ban the display of military flags, and so do some home associations. Here‘s an article about one such home association.

So here’s what I have to say: Fly that flag, Lerners. OOH-RAH.

Athletes routinely find themselves in a tornado of bad publicity when something happens within their marital lives. And fans can’t get enough. On a rare occasion, an athlete surprises us with a fabulous gesture to their loved one, but more often than not we’re overwhelmed with news of gold diggers and cheaters.

Lawsuits filed are public record and that’s how the stories get started, so I’m wondering if some of these personal issues can’t be solved behind closed doors.

Reputation management is hard enough without having to manage perceptions during a court battle, especially with the media’s interpretations commonly referred to as Rumor Central. It’s so hard to battle rumors that go viral, and a lot of times an athlete’s actions concerning a loved one are misconstrued to flatter network agenda.

As a public relations practitioner, would I advise my client/athlete to avoid publicity when it comes to their personal relationships? I think so. I think I’d try very hard to avoid (especially untrue) negative interpretations at all costs. Here’s what some famous athletes are currently revealing:

Kudos

Phil Mickelson celebrates with his wife after winning the Masters in April of 2010

Mickelson shares a moment with his wife, Amy

Women around the country had glazed eyes when Phil Mickelson won the Masters Tournament with his sickly wife at his side. Phil gets a big Kudos award. Here’s a man who truly loves his wife, you could just tell by looking at him and hearing him talk about her. That was beautiful. Kudos for letting the media into such an intimate moment. Phil showed everyone that there are extremely wealthy, professional athletes who are able to maintain a lasting relationship.

According to NBA Fanhouse, Mavericks star Tim Thomas will be leaving his career behind to tend to his ailing wife. It’s not like he’s taking a financial hit here in possibly retiring early, but he, like Michelson, has decided to put his family first. Kudos.

Unavoidables

Tiger Woods. Sorry dude (a nice word for the cornucopia of words I could pull to describe him), but you totally messed up. My opinion mirrors that of almost every practitioner and fan so I’m not going to beat a dead horse with a nine-iron. Your long-winded silence and creepy commercials say enough. No PR genius could save you even if they tried.

Chris Bosh just signed a contract with the Miami Heat to be the second of the Three Musketeers, erm, I mean a forward-center. He also just proposed to his long-time girlfriend. While there’s so much commotion surrounding the Heat, people are still gossiping about this engagement. Why now, after such a long year together, has she decided to marry him? She must be a gold-digger. Come on Bosh, did you really think people wouldn’t notice that thing on her finger? Time to stand up for your woman… publicly.

Oh. My. Goodness

I said earlier that I would go to great lengths to prevent the media from intervening in personal business. Dwight Howard thought he was doing this when he placed a gag order on his ex-girlfriend and “baby’s-momma,” Royce Reed, after their separation. According to Fanhouse, in the agreement, Reed was not to reveal personal information about their relationship to the media. TMZ got a hold of some (arguably trivial) information (that can no longer be found) and as of a few days ago, Howard is placing the blame on Reed. She now faces a lawsuit with a substantial price-tag of $500 million.

a. Does Dwight Howard really need $500 million?

b. Who is creating more drama here? Howard or Reed?

Now, Howard, at least to me, looks like the jerk. As far as I’m concerned, anything Reed said (which apparently wasn’t that damaging) couldn’t top a $500 million “shut-up” lawsuit. Howard: if you don’t want the media’s attention, solve this problem behind closed doors. Put your family first: save your son the embarrassment someday by cleaning up this relationship.

This past year, a few idiot athletes have graced front pages and captured so much ridiculous attention. All of these athletes had choices. And in the words of a Templar Knight from Indiana Jones: They Chose Poorly.

Michael Phelps got caught smoking pot. Delonte West was arrested for speeding on his Spyder while carrying three loaded weapons. Ben Roethlisberger is facing multiple rape charges. Alex Rodriquez was found to have been taking steroids. Michael Vick was allowed back into the NFL. Tiger Woods was exposed and LeBron James left the people of Cleveland angry, depressed and disappointed.

Most of these athletes have done some reputation management since their debacles, while others continue to surprise the media and fans. LeBron James for example, continues to define his version of “loyalty” to the baffled fans of Cleveland.

This guy needs a new PR team. Or a new life coach. Or both.

I’m not going to get into the actual “Decision,” because if you’re not from the area, the drama is just something you get to hear about on ESPN. It’s hard to argue that James’ decision-delivery was unprofessional. From a public relations standpoint, it doesn’t get much worse. For years James prided himself on being a hometown hero, a regular guy. He maintained a flawless image for so long until…

LeBron James shows off his support for the Cleveland Indians by wearing a Yankees cap to the 2007 playoff game against New York (Cleveland won the series).

LeBron shows off his support for Cleveland...

The infamous Indians/New York Yankees playoff game where he wore a Yankees hat. He also chummed it up with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the sidelines of a Browns/Cowboys game, while also wearing another NY Yankees cap.

This past weekend for the OSU/Miami game, James was spotted in the Akron Valley and it was rumored that he was ‘booed’ all the way back to his castle-of-a-home. He was supposed to have gone to the OSU game to support Terrelle Pryor, whom he mentors, but decided against it. Gee, big surprise, right?

“Some Buckeye,” as WaitingForNextYear blog writer Scott said. You got that right. Some Buckeye. I almost wish he’d stop pretending to care. Thank goodness for James’ Bike-a-Thon event. It seems to be the only worthwhile thing tying him to the Northeast Ohio region.

So what should/would a real Buckeye do?

A real Buckeye would continue to “support” the people he once supported.  A good person, friend and mentor should brave any crowd to show loyalty. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Pryor take James’s advice on handling life in the spotlight, but the gesture is what really matters.

As a PR student and future practitioner I’d like to say to LeBron: you really need to stop getting so defensive when people from Cleveland rain on your parade. You embarrassed the city and left your fans in the worst way possible. You should have told the Cavaliers about your “Decision” prior to going on air, after deciding if that whole display of disloyalty on ESPN was necessary. Whoever told you that your method of delivering such devastating news was acceptable, needs some coaching themselves. Your once flawless reputation as a kind-hearted kid from Akron, Ohio will be tarnished forever, regardless of how many championship rings you acquire. Whoever coached you on what to say in “The Decision” was so far off track…

  • “I’ve done so many great things for the team.” (Oh, excuse me!)
  • “For me it’s not about sharing. You know, it’s about everybody having their own spotlight and then just doing what’s best for the team.” (Translation: you come first… then the team. Watch out Miami Heat!)

The debate was never over whether or not James’ decision was reasonable, it was the act in which he delivered the news. Following the event, as discussed, he bailed on Pryor, and after the Bike-a-Thon, he would not accept one single question from the media. Avoidance won’t get you anywhere in this business or this city.

Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban agreed too, today on a radio interview in Dallas, Texas.

“LeBron has every right to go wherever and do whatever, whatever team he wants to,” Cuban said. “Going to the Heat was his choice, those guys working together. I don’t even have a problem with the three of them working together, as long as they follow all of the NBA rules, which I think they did.

“Where I think LeBron made a mistake, was in how he did it. I don’t even have a problem that he had the TV show. But it turned out to be the largest public humiliation in the history of sports. He humiliated the organization; he humiliated the state of Ohio, the city of Cleveland.’

As a fan I’d like to say: have fun playing 12 minutes a game and not achieving triple-doubles or MVP status ever again. You’re going to be sharing the stage, Mr. James, with two other excellent athletes. A “King” doesn’t share his thrown. I hope you enjoyed that Jesus-like monument-of-a-poster in downtown Cleveland. Never again will a city throw itself at you like Cleveland did.

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