YES!! It is wonderful to hear that finally the NBA’s management is being penalized for their actions! The NBA’s players are usually on the receiving end of the fines, but the blatant, demeaning, disgusting, actions of Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert in writing that filthy letter he claimed was to the fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers must’ve pissed off more than just me, but also the longtime NBA Commissioner David Stern.
But the sickening part of Stern’s hefty fine of $100,000 on Gilbert, who is just shy of being worth a billion dollars, is the Cleveland fans offered to HELP PAY THE FINE! How sick is that?! But also, how telling is that of the people who don’t see anything wrong with that letter? Jesse Jackson is a close friend of the NBA and David Stern and he chimed in on the debacle with trying to translate the letter for those who may have missed some of the underlying tone of Gilbert’s rant. He also made a very important point of saying that Gilbert’s incendiary comments puts this young man’s life in danger. Jackson was quoted saying:
“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Jackson said in a release from his Chicago-based civil-rights group. “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.”
Gilbert, of course, does not agree with Jesse Jackson, but who cares! David Stern doesn’t agree either, but he took the letter to be deplorable enough that he slapped that ass with a hefty fine. And while Gilbert tries to be nonchalant about the fine no millionaire became a millionaire by throwing money away. No! Please believe that he’s not happy about it. This fine comes at a time when it appears that Cleveland Cavaliers will NOT come out in droves for the games, the life size decals of LeBron were cut in price by Fathead owner, Gilbert, from $99.99 to $17.41 to represent the year, 1741, the Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold was born.
It is my sincerest hope and desire that a lot of you are waking up to see Gilbert’s actions as beyond sports rivalry behavior, but something of a more deeply rooted and sinister origin. Get some help Gilbert…you can afford it, right?! And to James, Bosh, and Wade…God Bless You! for charting your own destiny and being the role models that the youth, especially African American youth, need to see. President Obama has to ride the hot seat everyday in this society, you are just experiencing some of what makes him great!
Read what David Stern had to say on the matter here.