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Cleveland fans offer to help billionaire Dan Gilbert pay fine

Jul 13, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for dgilbert.jpgDan Gilbert can afford to buy his own lunch.

Sure he owns a company that did a lot of real estate loans and that’s not the most lucrative business in the world right now. And his basketball franchise is worth $150 million less than it was a week ago. He is still worth close to $1 billion.

Still, the big-hearted people of Cleveland want to help out. Gilbert was fined $100,000 by NBA Commissioner David Stern for going off on LeBron in an email and interview, and probably half of that is for using Comic Sans font.

Clevelanders have offered to pitch in, according to Associated Press. They liked his email. And is font, thank you very much.

Gilbert said thanks but he could get this tab.

“The humbling offer by so many is another reflection of the strength of Cavs fans and the people who live and work in this region and are always the first to step up and have each other’s back,” Gilbert said. “I will pay this fine myself, but would be grateful and highly appreciative for any fan who redirects the dollars they kindly offered to contribute towards this fine to the Cavaliers Youth Fund, which will positively impact our region’s kids through the numerous local charitable groups the Cavaliers Youth Fund supports.”

  1. Silk32 - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    INTERPRETATION: What Dan Gilbert “really” meant to say in his open letter to fans —–> . . . and in his interview —–>

  2. JoeSixPack - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    First of all, classy move by Cav fans to back up their organization and send LeBron a message at the same time
    But you’ve really got to hand it Gilbert – the guy is shrewd and knew exactly what he was doing by saying what the fanbase wanted to hear… he saved far more than $100,000 in season ticket sales at the very least.
    And how shrewd is it to have the donations go to helping the FUTURE LeBron develop…. perhaps next time they can get a hometown phenom who might actually show some loyalty to the hometown that flocked to watch him play since he was a Freshman in High School. Here’s betting Gilbert matches whatever is donated to put the icing on the cake.
    Of course Gilbert’s pledge to have Cleveland win a championship before wasn’t his shining moment… if he’s serious about that I might wager my house against his organization
    But then again, he never specified an “NBA” championship, did he? These guys take the intramural softball league by storm and Gilbert’s a man of his word.

  3. m1yankee - Jul 14, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Great fans. I love the fact they stand by there owner and team!!

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