Cleveland Cavaliers Owner 'Sees LeBron as a Runaway Slave,' Says Jesse Jackson

By Eleanor Barkhorn

Lots of people were disappointed with LeBron James' decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, but few were as vocal about their displeasure as Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert. Gilbert issued an open letter to James after last week's announcement, calling the move a "shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown 'chosen one.'" Now the letter has inspired its own controversy—the Reverend Jesse Jackson has accused Gilbert of behaving like a slave-owner:

"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."

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