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Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor urge OSU fans not to boo LeBron James

Sep 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

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Nobody is quite sure what will happen when Miami Heat forward LeBron James returns to Cleveland when the Cavaliers play the Heat. With Dan Gilbert’s letter, the anger about LeBron’s “Decision,” and all those burned jerseys, it certainly seems like things could get dicey when James returns to the Quicken Loans Arena. 
A preview of that event might take place this weekend, when the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes play the #12 ranked Miami Hurricanes at Ohio Stadium. James is a huge Ohio State fan, and stood on the sidelines when the Buckeyes played Penn State last season. More than a few of the 102,329 people expected to attend the game will likely have a bone to pick with James if he shows up on Saturday, but Terelle Pryor and Jim Tressel are both urging OSU fans to treat James with respect:
With many fans still angry over LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is calling for calm.
James, who jilted the Cavaliers to jump to the Heat this summer, may attend Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium between No. 12 Miami and second-ranked Ohio State.
Tressel said Thursday that it was time to let go all that anger.
“Sore subjects need to pass,” Tressel said at a news conference. “Things are as they are. We all make decisions. You have to respect one another’s decisions and move on.”
On some message boards and college football sites, angry fans have said they do not want James coming to the game. Some have hinted at violence.
James communicates with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who also urged fans to welcome the former Cavaliers guard.
“If LeBron does come, just treat him with respect and respect his decision,” Pryor said. 
“Please, no name calling, or booing, or anything like that because that’s my mentor. I have a lot of respect and a lot of love for him.”
James, who grew up in Akron, did not play college basketball. But he has said that if he had not jumped directly to the NBA, he would have attended Ohio State.
“He’s a Buckeye,” Pryor said of James’ rooting interest in the game pitting the Buckeyes against the team from his new hometown, the Hurricanes.
Make no mistake: James is going to get booed if he shows up on Saturday. Pryor and Tressel’s urging might mitigate some of that, and hopefully it’ll decrease the chances of some sort of incident, but James is going to get booed. 
  1. Will - Sep 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    As well he should be. I am all for sports players doing the best thing for themselves and their careers in a monetary/winning/legacy fashion. But Ohio fans don’t have to like it, and Lebron is not guaranteed any rights to be able to go to another sporting event and not get boo’ed. He ripped the heart out of Ohio fans, and even though I fully support his reasoning that Miami was a better place for him to go, I still think those Ohio fans have every right to boo the crap out of him whenever he sets foot in the state again.
    – Will
    (Laker fan, so going to root against him no matter which Eastern Conference team he’s playing on in the finals against us.)

  2. teehov - Sep 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    BOO HIS @$$!!!!!

  3. cygnus x-1 - Sep 9, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    let me see if I have this straight, his mentor who would have to ohio state will be at the game but on the miami sideline and he wants people not to boo?hope they boo him out of the stadium!he made his choice now he has to live with it and if that means going to ohio sports teams games wearing the oppenents gear or supporting them then he should expect to get booed and loudly!if pryor is upset by that maybe he shouldn’t be playing in such a big game.what’s he gonna do if the buckeyes win go apoligize to him?or will he go out with him after the game and help him celebrate if miami wins?

  4. Anonymous - Sep 9, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    screw lebron !!!!!!! he is lucky if if they let him in the stadium !!!that scumbag should be banned from anything in ohio ….period !! drop dead lebron!

  5. Scorp6 - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    I Hope LeBron shows up in a Hurricane Jersey and is seen hanging out with Michael Irvin on the sideline.

  6. JPerz - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Yes LeBron haters! Boo him and be more ignorant than you already been. Add another ridiculous chapter in your already lame story.

  7. Lebron who? - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Who’s the one being ignorant? The game is being played in Columbus, not Cleveland. There’s about a 150 mile distance factor involved. Do you think people from Cleveland are going to go to the game just to boo Lebron?? If the fans in Columbus want to boo him, so be it. He deserves whatever he gets. I’ll be damned if I would listen to Pryor or Tressel.

  8. Bob Blick - Sep 10, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    It’s not ignorance – well maybe on the part of someone who doesn’t understand the whole situation. Listen – the guy played for Cleveland and spent all his time talking about his loyalty to Akron and it was Akron this and Akron that and barely a mention about Cleveland, the name on the front of his jersey. He should be attending the Zips game instead. The only reason he is a OSU fan is because he’s a front runner. Boo him at the game and boo him anytime he sets foot around these parts.

  9. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    is it really going to matter when the canes slap that ass and make the buckeye’s their bitches?
    no it wont

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