The soap opera that is the LeBron James free-agency saga should have come to an end yesterday when King James announced his plans to sign with the Miami Heat but within hours of the uber-hyped announcement, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert threw some new fuel on the fire with some comments he made bashing LeBron.
Gilbert's comments have been met with a fairly overwhelming consensus from fans, athletes, and just about everyone who doesn't live in the "Scooby-Doo ghost-town" that Cleveland now resembles: the guy's a dick.
Leading the anti-Gilbert charge in Twitter-land is Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver, and renowned good-guy, Larry Fitzgerald.
In short, Gilbert said in an interview with the Associated Press that LeBron's decision to bail on the Cavs was a "cowardly betrayal" that ended a "narcissistic, self- promotional."
He even went so far as to leave a a message for Cavs fans on the team's Web site bashing LeBron and guaranteeing the Cavaliers would win an NBA Championship before James.
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"You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE"
Gilbert promised that "curse" on Cleveland sports would follow James to Miami.
"The self-declared former 'King' will be taking the 'curse' with him down south," Gilbert wrote. "And until he does 'right' by Cleveland and Ohio, James [and the town where he plays] will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma."
Gilbert finished the letter by promising to put his focus on bringing a championship to Cleveland with the Cavaliers.
"I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
"DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue...."
Fitzgerald responded to Gilbert's tantrum by posting the following "tweet" on his Twitter page this morning: "Im shocked the Cavs owner talked so bad about Bron.That owner profited so much 4 the years bron played in Cleveland & now he's the bad guy."
At the end of the day, Gilbert can try and cry Cleveland a river that doesn't catch on fire but the fact remains: LeBron -- the best player in the game -- is gone and he still owns a team that's never won a championship.