Rev. Jackson: Cavs coach views LeBron James as a “runaway slave”

Posted by: ST on July 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

The Associated Press reports that famed race hustler/race baiter Jesse Jackson has inserted himself into the LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers feud by suggested that angry Cavs coach Dan Gilbert, who wrote and had published an angry letter in the aftermath of James’ announcement that he would be joining the Miami Heat, views James as a “runaway slave” (via @O_meOhMy):

CHICAGO (AP)—Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James(notes) 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.”

If this is a “business partner” relationship then why did Jackson, who was not a “business partner” involved with Gilbert nor James in any way, insert himself into this controversy? Because he saw it as a way he could share in the spotlight and further ingratiate himself within the black community with his continued racial demagoguery, once again over yet another issue he had no business – literally – getting involved with. This is one more reason why we can’t move forward in this country on the issue of race, because race baiting morons like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton see evil racial motives behind every issue where white and black people may be on opposing sides. And why wouldn’t they? Continuing to fan the flames of racism keeps them both in business, when in reality the both of them have more of a checkered history on race than most of the people they target for “racism.”

JWF pegs it:

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[s] being called a slave.

Jackson just needs to STFU and mind how own business.

In an ideal world …

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11 Responses to “Rev. Jackson: Cavs coach views LeBron James as a “runaway slave””


  1. What I want to know is, why is it even a “controversy”? Who is it controversial to, outside of Cleveland fans? I agree with Jackson to a point. Gilbert was over the top in his denouncement of LeBron, who is looking out for his own long-term self-interests.

    I understand Gilbert’s disappointment, but for him to whine to the press about what a bad person James is was really childish and uncalled for. He’s not concerned for the fans, he’s worried about his own future, and what the next few years win-loss record will look like.

    But Jackson really took it up a notch or two with this slave-master scenario.

  2. Tex says:

    Wow! If being a slave means you can get paid tens of millions of dollars each year then you can make me a slave anytime! I’m sure Jesse Jackson felt the need to make this a racial issue in order to garner attention for himself. After all, he has been ignored by the press for quite some time now. Poor Jesse.

  3. J Hunter says:

    Lebron James made a business decision that he felt would best benefit him, not the owner of the Cavaliers. People are allowed to have their opinion about the situation. But let’s see how the owner responds when the next Cavalier player decides to leave Cleveland to go to another team to win a championship, because Cleveland will not win anything under an owner like him!

  4. nina says:

    Somewhere ,somehow these people have forgotten they are a 12% minority. They are pissing the remainder.

  5. Carlos says:

    Gilbert is just worried (rightfully so) that his team will once again be referred to as the “Cadavaliers,” as they were in the not too distant past.

    If that’s what’s got his goat, he shoulda opened his wallet, gotten DW and whoever else, spend some dime, and made his team the dominant one he wished for. That’s his own fault, not James’.

    As far as JJ goes, he sees racism in everything, and has become the boy person (can’t be too careful here about that) who cried wolf. Except he hasn’t cried “wolf” once too often, he’s cried “wolf” decades too often.

  6. Bill Fabrizio says:

    Rev. Jackson is just pissed that LeBron James is’nt poor and stuck on “Jesse’s Plantation”!

  7. Drew says:

    Jackson should have stopped at “LeBron honored his contract.” Because that is exactly what LeBron did; no worries. But he should keep the racial stuff aside. And he should observe that this is exactly what so many businesses he has shaken down did: honor their contracts.

    But of course he can’t, because he is a filthy racist shakedown artist.

    I’m ashamed to say that my beloved Chicago is the home of the five or six most filthy, repugnant, powerful and famous (including POTUS) politicians in the country.

    In the famous query of David Byrne: “How did I get here?”

  8. Drew says:

    Oh, and a follow up. Clearly, James, Wade and Bosh COLLUDED (gasp!!!) here.

    I thought only dirty, filthy white businessmen pigs did that. Given the current posture of the Obama DoJ and Trade they would be all over this egregious anti-competitive move.

    tick, tick, tick, tick………waiting for Godot

  9. Bill Fabrizio says:

    Drew, you ask, “How did I get here?”

    Americans have been asleep at the wheel since the 1960″s! The progressives have moved their agenda forward an inch at a time while each inch, in and of itself, did not set off our self-preservation alarm clock! We were too busy living our lives and raising our children to recognize that the progressives were actually trying to set up a new plantation to enslave all of us regardless of color.

    Yes, an inch at a time! But under Obama we can visibly see and feel the progressives reaching for all the remaining inches on the ruler, all at one time and our alarm clock has finally gone off. If we choose to hit the snooze button we are doomed!

  10. Valerie says:

    Is anyone noticing a trend in our country lately?? The black militants (New Black Panther Party/Jesse Jackson, etc) are spewing their hatred and rhetoric all over the place – very few main stream media outlets cover any of their rants, and, of course, the president has no comment whatsoever. I’m sorry, but this is 2010 – get off your duffs, get a REAL job, pay your taxes, and join the American society! Read the sports page – athletes are traded or move to other teams all the time!!! This IS America, and they have that freedom! If, in your little pea brains, it’s so damned terrible here, LEAVE!!!

  11. eaglewingz08 says:

    Isn’t it racist to tell a racist socialist black man to STFU? Didn’t you get that