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How to nearly get you're a$@ kicked in Cleveland: Wear a LeBron Heat jersey

Jul 29, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

heat_LeBron_jersey.jpgLet’s be clear about this: You have to be a complete and total a——- to wear a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey in Cleveland.

You get what’s coming. To complain about anything short of physical violence is like those people that buy a house under the flight path near an airport then complain about all the noise. They deserve no sympathy.

So to sum up: an a——- got thrown out a Cleveland Indian Game Wednesday night for wearing a LeBron Heat jersey. Someone within his rights, but an a——-.

What happened is that a guy went to Wednesday night’s Indians game wearing a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. A LeBron jersey. By the sixth inning things got ugly enough, with people hundreds of people chanting at him that police escorted him out of the stadium. Probably for his own safety. People followed him to the gate to keep yelling at him.

The guy was within his rights. The guy was an a——-.

Probably best for everyone it went down like this, before things got uglier. Best to prevent physical violence, the police did the right thing, even if the guy was within his rights. But sympathy for him….. ha.

  1. D - Jul 29, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    Typical Kurt and his amateur writing.
    Let me detailed the difference between “Your” and “You’re” for you, Kurt.
    “You’re” an idiot who doesn’t write well at all.
    “Your” profession should probably be a garbage man or something of the sort.

  2. arsenalrules - Jul 29, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    I won’t be as harsh as you, but you’re right on the money:
    This is a pretty insipid, amateurish piece of writing

  3. hnirobert - Jul 29, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Kurt Helin is Gregg Rosenthal’s pen name for ProBasketballTalk

  4. Peter - Jul 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    I understand that Lebron leaving was a very tough break for the fans of Cleveland, and cost a ton of exposure for the media members of Cleveland who are trying to milk this story till the end as international media will no longer have a reason to interview those media members, have them on ESPN, or run their stories, but people are really going way way too far with this. Someone is going to get hurt one day, and its going to be on Gilbert, the Cleveland media, and all of these people who are some of the biggest hypocrites that exist. They call Lebron self centered, yet all of these people including the owner disregard the fact that the guy acted accorting to his contract and the free agents rights that are allowed in the NBA, and left for a better opportunity to win while earning less money. And the people that are leading the complaints: Cleveland sports media who lose national/international exposure, Cavs owner who loses money, and the media of other cities who wanted Lebron but didn’t close the deal (NY). The ones I really feel for are the Cav’s fans who’s emotions are being used to make a bad situation worst. If anything, they are helping fans across the country and the world understand why Lebron made the choice he made given how they are acting.
    Nick Saban broke his contract, lied to the media, and was a real jerk his entire time in Miami, and when he left and all of the fans were up in arms, the Dolphins owner at the time showed his class by simply letting him out of his contract and wishing him all the best and only saying great things about Saban and thanking him for his contributions – which totally undercut the media’s and fan’s negativity which was building up to dangerous proportions. Too bad Gilbert is not in the same class and no one in the local media seems to want to move on. And as for Miami fans, Jason Taylor just left to play for the Jets, and he is a sure fire Hall of Famar, and the franchise defensive equivalent to Dan Marino, and he goes to our most hated rival – the Jets!! Sure, all fans are disapointed, and many are upset, yet you don’t see the hate that is happening in Cleveland toward’s Lebron, because people understand that the Dolphins have a hand in causing Taylor to leave by not building a team around him to win and the Jets were a game away for a super bowl last year. At the Miami – Jets game next year, while everyone will be booing the Jets, I guarantee you that fans wearing a Jets Taylor jersey will not be taken out of the stadium and atleast half, if not the majority of the stadium will applaud Taylor when he is intruduced because of what he has done for our franchise and city…..Big difference from Cleveland.

  5. Jim - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    @Peter: I can’t stress enough that most people are not super mad that Lebron left. It’s well within his rights as a player. That’s the way unrestricted free agency works. What people are mad at is the way he did it. He went on national TV and threw his hometown under the bus. He conducted himself in a childish and selfish manner throughout the entire process. It’s even more stinging when word is leaked that this move was planned for a number of years.
    As for the insinuation that the Cavs did not build a team around Lebron: lets get a few things straight, each and every piece of that team was cleared by Lebron himself. He wanted a point guard, they got Mo Williams. He wanted a Center, they got Shaq. He wanted a stretch 4, they got Jamison. What Lebron did not do was actually recruit players to Cleveland, going so far as to tell Trevor Ariza that he wasn’t committing to staying yet. Now he signs with the Heat and starts calling every free agent in the league? And let’s also call a spade a spade: the Heat did not build a team around Lebron either. The Heat had a great asset in Wade and then nothing. Lebron came because of Pat Riley and Wade, not the pieces surrounding him. Otherwise he would have chosen Chicago.
    You’re right though, its not the same as Saban or Taylor leaving. They never left their hometown by staging a conference called the Decision on national TV.

  6. Not Peter - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Peter,it’s obvious you don’t understand sports and/or you are very young and your brain has not developed logical reasoning yet. You compare …Jason Taylor to Lebro ? Jason Taylor has been irrelevant over the last 2-3 NFl seasons, never the best player to ever play in the NFL and noone cares he left Miami or more importantly, HOW he left. HOW Lebro left is the issue and it doesn’t matter that the city happened to be Cleveland. Any city would have had the same reaction in a similiar situation. If it was LA, Chicago or NYC, the streets would have been on fire and businesses looted….

  7. Derosco - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    “How to get you’re a$$ kicked” heh, heh… that made it to a headline?
    I’ll ask it again. Can NBC Universal afford a web editor?

  8. Graham - Jul 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Why is that dickhole wearing a shooting sleeve to a baseball game, that alone should be enough for him to catch a beating

  9. Sguy2130 - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    @Peter are you for real? The guy WANTED to antagonize people, he was ASKING for it.
    LOOK AT THE PICTURE. If someone shows up to a Miami game and taunts real football fans deliberately with a Jason Taylor Jets jersey, the same thing would happen. Not to mention Taylor vs James comparison is almost apples to oranges. James deliberately dragged the Cleveland fanbase through the mud, he deserves no sympathy. Things would be different if Lebron handled the situation better by being more upfront with Cleveland fans and the Cavs FO.
    That is sports and sports fans. When you return from Candyland let us know.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Jim, I totally understand and agree that how Lebron handled things was lousy. I thought that the last home game he played in the playoffs, in which he was boohed by the home crown, was the final nail and he should have said so earlier. No argument. My point is simply that this guy is not a terrorist, he did not kill anyone, he simply made a decision that was within his rights, but handled it terribly. Believe me, the Heat are happy as heck about having him, but the way he handled it really tarnished the national perception of what Riley was able to do, which is one of the greatest GM jobs in FA history. So, in short, we agree on Lebron’s handling of the situation as being the absolute worst.
    Having said that, the Cav’s owner handled things terribly, like the guy who is partly guilty of something yelling at the rilled up crowd and leading them become a linch mob, and the media and fans picked up on it and have kept it going. Again, I understand and appreciate fans being very upset and I understand it will take a long time for most people to again be open to Lebron, but my perspective and those of the people that I work and communicate with around the country is that the way the media and people in Cleveland are acting is already crosing the line and is not good PR for the city, its teams and fan base. When people around the country see a guy and his girlfriend (girl being mistreated was the worst and people cheering) being mistreated in Cleveland simply for him showing up to a baseball game wearing a James Heat shirt, its not a good PR moment for the city and its fan base. As far as what people think about the guy wearing the shirt, is two options: one is the guy got balls and wanted to show how tough he was, which was stupid, and or, the guy is a real Lebron fan (I understand the guy did some good things for 7 years prior to this in the Cleveland area) and wanted to show his continued support (sadly, most people in Cleveland seem to forget this posibility). Anyway you slice it, when people see that (specially the girlfriend being mistreated), its a sign that people are out of control and have lost their perspective.

  11. huh? - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    This is just an example of people overreacting, and this author seems to be condoning foolishness. PLEASE> are we really rallying around the city of Cleveland being big, whiny babies?
    I’m a Yankee fan, we have people leave every year we get attached to. You think that means people in the stands have to be escorted out bec. they wear a certain jersey? GROW UP people. IF Mariano Rivera, who was homegrown, leaves the Yanks for the angels on nat’l tv, I WISH some doofball would try and tell me I couldn’t wear my Rivera jersey in the stands. I Just WISH some idiot would come out their face and try it.
    The a—— is not the dude in the jersey, it’s really Kurt Helin in this instance. THERE IS NO REASON to continue this fueling this petty little fire, especially in a nat’l publication, acting like people aren’t allowed to dress themselves. GTFOH

  12. Randall Gregory - Dec 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    You are a Yankee fan and you have people leave your team every year. Funny. You buy another superstar to replace them!

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