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Clevelanders not done venting at LeBron, buy billboard

Aug 2, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

Lebron_billboard.jpgIt takes time. We’ll forgive the fine people of Cleveland for not yet being over having their hearts ripped out and stomped on in a national television show.

At least some of them are being clever about it.

Like the Omada Group, which is paying $3,000 for a billboard about two miles from James’ Akron home, according to WEWS in Cleveland. You can see the billboard to the right, with the reminder he is now a sidekick. Well, LeBron doesn’t see it that way, but you know…

Matthew Palumbo, one of the principals at the Omada Group, said he hopes the billboard sparks a grassroots campaign to let James know exactly where he stands in his home state since his decision to leave.

Oh, I think he’ll find out the first time Miami returns to play at Quicken Loans Arena next season. May need some extra security on hand for that one.

  1. johnmaine - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Why Ozzie Guillen’s comments were illogical:

  2. patrick TUll - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    The Cav’s owner and fans needs to grow up. I don’t think anyoue in America believes that James is anybody’s sidekick. What happens when owners trade their players? Does anybody have a problem with that? Why is James made to feel like he owes Cleveland something? He fulfilled his contract by devoting seven years of life and has no ring to show for it. It is time for him to move on. Deal with it and stop wineing. One man does not make a team.

  3. Sean - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    I agree and couldn’t have said it better.

  4. That Guy - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    What an incredible waste of money. LeBron James is not a threat to the well being of life in Cleveland, which is why this “grassroots campaign dream” is completely irrational. If we are lucky, this will be the last type of worthless demonstration from a certain section of people in the Cleveland/Akron area. He’s gone, get over it.

  5. WIESOX - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Crazy Kids!!!

  6. mike - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Could Cleveland be any more pathetic????? Get over it and clean your city!!!!

  7. J-Rock - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    They better not talk about jobs and income…how much of that money spent on a pointless, bitter billboard could have been used to benefit some organization? But besides that, how long is Cleveland going to cry like a 12 year old?

  8. Question Time - Aug 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Raise your hand if anybody cares what the people above think about this situation.

  9. kyle b - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    oh get over it CLeveland. you sound like a bitter guy after his girlfriend just left him for another man. lol. Lebron didnt owe yall anything. he was a free agent and can go wherever he wanted. i can understand why yall are so mad cus thats all yall had out there in Ohio was Lebron. IF i was Lebron i wouldve left to if thats how the Owner (gilbert) and Cleveland really felt about me. Loved em when he was there but know hate him when he is gone. Cleveland i see why all your teams suck so bad! unloyal punks!!

  10. QuanetaM - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    I love this sign. People always have something to say about what the fans are doing and Dan Gilbert. But, everyone one forgot Cleveland fans are the victims and Dan Gilbert is. To get on national tv and ditch your team is not right so, people can say what they want. He is not only going to see signs like this but all over the United State he will see signs dissing him. Because he is hated not only in Cleveland but in other states as well. If he would have been more respectful about his decision the Clevelanders would be more respectful. If you can take it do ditch it out. Furthermore, I live in Cleveland and I am so sick and tired of people saying we are broke. Maybe the corporate workers are but honestly in this city people make much money because they are self employed. I make
    $60k a year and know 100 more people that own their own businesses in Cleveland that makes much more. So, the stats is not right!!! We are straight.

  11. David - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Three months ago those fans were fighting tooth and nail, arguing that LeBron is the best player in the world.
    Now he’s a sidekick?

  12. cygnus-x1 - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    again he had the right to do what he did,but to do it in the way he did was wrong.then to try and blame the cavs. for not being able to win a title is even more pathetic.if he was so concerned about winning over money then why did he sign a max deal with cleveland with his last contract?why not sacrifice a little then to add a superstar sidekick to help win a title with the cavs?as it was the team that everybody wants to bash as being no good now got to the finals 1 year and had the best record the last 2.not shabby for a lousy team.he wants the credit for all the success they had but none of the blame when he could not put them over the top. in miami he will not have to take the blame if they fail to win it all.

  13. Mike - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    True!! Cleveland is no longer the poorest city in America. They are now the 4th poorest city. Nice job Cleveland!!! Movin’ on up….. You showed Detroit who is boss….er I mean not as broke.

  14. Lupe - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Think of the starving children that could’ve been fed with the wasted money of that billboard.

  15. kyle b - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    HAHAHa word up! and the Pistons bout to bounce out of Detroit and go to Las Vegas!!..Cavs should just go to THE D-League and save themselves the emberassment of playing in the NBA. They will have the worse record in the NBA. The NEts and Twolves made good moves and all the Cavs did was lose people. Dan Gilbert u are now the worse owner in sports!! hahaha

  16. tom Da Bomb - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Cleveland is like that average looking guy who miraculously scored the hottest girl in town. She was the center of your universe one day, but after she breaks up with you she defines evil in your eyes. Get over it Cleveland..Lebron is way too good for us to watch his career rot away in your tearfully sad, suicide inducing, excuse for a geographical location. LEBRON DID NOT BELONG TO CLEVELAND…Cleveland belonged to Lebron. (Perhaps you all should have removed your lips from his genitals a long time ago). How’s it taste now?

  17. J - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    I can’t stop laughing at your perfect analogy

  18. SLicK - Aug 3, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    It’s interesting how so many of you bash on Cleveland. You sound like those kids in school who pick on other kids cuz that’s what makes you feel better about yourselves. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Lebron looks like a sidekick because he was the big man on campus and couldn’t pull it off. If he hated the city so much, like everyone is saying, why didn’t he leave after 4 years. I think he’s just a little punk b*Tch who can’t get it done. He is and always will be a follower…check out his movie and see who the real leader was of him and his pals back in the day…it’s not LBJ.

  19. tom Da Bomb - Aug 4, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    It’s interesting how Lebron was perceived as a god among men who could do no wrong…now Clevelanders have nothing good to say about the man. He put you on the map, at least pretend to be grateful. Without Lebron, the rest of the world barely acknowledged the existence of the city of Cleveland.

  20. MEL - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    “But, everyone one forgot Cleveland fans are the victims and Dan Gilbert is.”
    This is the kind of delusion that makes me *smh* at this stupid owner and these fans. Welcome to free agency and the general sports world-you did NOT own Lebron, he is a free man. Slavery is dead and it’s gone.
    You people are victims of NOTHING, and Im not even a fan of Lebron or the Heat.
    You had arguably the game’s greatest player for SEVEN Years in a little podunk town (as far as the sports map is concerned). Why must you people persist in being such bitter, angry people, instead of just thanking him for what he’s done and moving on? I’m a Knick fan who naively thought we had a shot with him, but at some point you have to wake up and smell the coffee dude.
    Oh and by the way, if I was a free agent I would neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevveeeeeeeeeeeeeeer come to Cleveland. The way you people handled this seemed churlish and offputting, not to mention who displays zero professionalism?

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