But nothing compares to the firestorm of angry, bitter reaction that followed the 29-year-old baller’s 2010 decision to leave his hometown and head to Miami.
Now that James is coming back to the Buckeye State, things might be a little awkward between the King and his former fans. Let’s revisit some of Cleveland’s most heated tweets from July 8, 2010, the day of “The Decision,” before some of these fans begrudgingly come back to the fold.
“I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former ‘King’ wins one. You can take it to the bank.” -Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s open letter to the team’s fans following James’s departure. Two championship rings later, LeBron has apparently forgiven Gilbert for his written rant.
"I know how loyal I am." Reached for comment, Ohio disagreed.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) July 9, 2010
Fair warning: first person I see wearing a Lebron Heat jersey gets punched in the neck. I don't care if you're a toddler.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) July 8, 2010
Re: lebron leaving Ohio. I am done with pro sports. Onto little league where the game still means something.— Joshua Radin (@joshuaradin) July 9, 2010
Dear Lebron - your arrogance has somehow made Kobe Bryant look like a decent human being. Thank you?— Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) July 9, 2010
Other angry tweets that have apparently since been deleted:
“‘I have to do what’s best for Lebron James,’ said Lebron James…. And then I vomited.” @rebeccagallant
“I got a Lebron James 23 jersey for sale...real cheap...Hit me on direct Message.” @ClevelandHuddle
“What a f**king a**clown! Way to humiliate ur hometown on national tv!! F**k u Lebron James!!! Go browns!!” @kimik21 - sent from Cleveland.
“look up hypocrit (sic) in the dictionary: it will read: see Lebron James.” @szambo77
“#breakingnews Cleveland has officially disowned Lebron James.” @watts08
“Lebron James is a coward and should get nothing but misery. Cleveland forever hates you. I knw (sic) i do.” @LindseyLimpert
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