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Jim Brown thinks LeBron James will leave because of treatment by fans

May 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for LeBron_solo.jpgAnd in today’s edition of “a celebrity with no real inside information speaks out on LeBron James” we give you Jim Brown.

Brown — one of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the sport, and he also played a little football — said he thinks LeBron is leaving Cleveland, as FanHouse reported.

The reason: The way the Cleveland fans are treating him.

“I think he’s gonna leave, and I think that the treatment that he’s getting right now is going to be the motivating factor,” Brown told a Baltimore radio station last weekend in an interview aired Tuesday.

“You know, it’s so unfortunate that a man that’s got so much would feel so bad right now because of what he couldn’t do. I think he’s being treated unfairly,” Brown said. “I think the expectations were too high, and I don’t think he’s gonna stay in Cleveland because of it. I think as one man, there’s only so much you can do, and for people to analyze you and to basically say humiliating things about you, when you’ve given all those things through the years to that franchise, I think it’s an atrocity.”

I don’t think the expectations were too high, and I think James himself set them. He wants a title. No doubt Jim Brown has an understanding of the psyche of Cleveland. However, whether or not he stays in Cleveland is a decision that should be based on a number of factors, including if he can win a title there. If he signs in Cleveland again, Cavs fans will have no problem with him.

  1. David - May 21, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    This is so funny!
    Who cares?
    NBA = Thugs and Crybabies.
    No Balling Allowed

  2. gunnar - May 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    As for Miami’s “championship”, the correct balance of coaches, players and officials would be more correct. As bad officiating as the Sacremento-Lakers series. Not that I’m implying anything about the NBA or it’s official, Gdamn, at times you got to wonder.

  3. OhioMIke - May 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Goodbye LeBron, hope you don’t strain your other elbow carrying all your cash. Before you leave though, just admit you quit during the Boston series.

  4. kissofflbj - May 21, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Not only IS LBJ leaving he WAS leaving and always PLANNED on leaving. He refused to talk long term deal. He showed at events in NY gear. And in the ultimate FU he flipped off every Cleveland fan when he ripped off his Cavs’ jersey immediately after that half-assed series was barely over. Any hoo-ha over him only leaving now because the fans are being mean to him is just that. Cleveland hasn’t even been mentioned as a possible landing spot for him. There is ZERO discussion about him even pretending to talk with the Cavs. Screw him and the rest of that tattooed gang of thugs that make up the NBA. HE pissed on Cleveland. Not the other way around. That city worshipped him in their desperation for a winner and he snubbed them….a year ago. And Jim Brown can go pack his hat and go back to walking the sidelines in honor of his other traitor buddy Art Modell in Baltimore.

  5. play - May 21, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    lebrom/ cabrom did it to himself.
    he was showing of lately as if he is the god of basketball
    now, it’s time to pay, no title-u-r-trash!

  6. Just Bondarri - May 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Don’t agree with JB on this one. LeBron has built his own image by his constant self promotion, all this “we are all witnesses” crap and now he is crying because he can’t live up to expectations and blaming the fans? He played those last two playoff games against the Celtics like someone had threatened his life if the Cavs won the series. It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen as far as his abrupt new habit of standing away from the action.
    So JB and LeBron, don’t be crying the blues now just because LeBron created an image for himself and then did not live up to it. LeBron is a fantastic player but I’ve been sick of hearing about him for a long time. I wish he would go to China and sign with a team there as I heard that there are 300 million Chinese playing basketball in China and the shoe revenues are proportional. LeBron has just gotten a bit too big for his pants!!

  7. ray - May 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    the cavaliers built a very expensive team around lebron and cleveland’s viewing public are the one’s funding this. the people of cleveland have the right to judge this team. these players are making too much money to be too sensitive. maybe it’s time to downgrade to cheaper but quality players. time to let go of shaq because he’s too expensive but worthless to this team. money can’t buy championships.look at the yankees,with a mega million payroll, still took them so many years to get to get to the top. is it worth it? i dont think so. there are far bigger problems than this.

  8. Anonymous - May 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM


  9. alex schafer - May 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    ok people, LeBron is easily one of the best players ever to play basketball. He should be treated better because one person can’t win a title by themselves. There has to be some help on the team. He is obviously trying. It is not his fault they didnt win. it is everyone on the teams fault.
    U should go to the pistons.

  10. MB - May 25, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Please help me, it may be just me but where does he ever refer to “the fans” being the ones who mistreated Mr. James??

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