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People gathering at LeBron’s house in Ohio because… I got nothing

Jul 10, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

LeBron James is not at his home in Bath, Ohio, outside his native Akron (not far from Cleveland). LeBron is in Las Vegas for his skills camp and is going straight from there to Brazil for the World Cup Final because if you’re LeBron you can. His family is not in Ohio, either.

[ RELATED: Cavs claim they tried to remove Dan Gilbert’s LeBron James letter years ago ]

Yet people are gathering at his home in Bath — and police are now there to keep the situation calm — as Twitter and internet rumors swirl that an announcement on LeBron’s future is coming tonight. Rumors without much behind them, but it doesn’t matter. People are showing up at the empty house because…

I got nothing. But here is the proof, via Jon Bozeka of Mary Kilpatrck.

[ MORE: An interesting rationale for predicting LeBron James to the Cavs ]

  1. scratchnsniffnblog - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    “It’s not a relationship….PLEEEEASE come back to us!!”

  2. antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    That’s nuts. It’s like Beatlemania. I guess Ohioans didn’t really hate him after all.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      One thing this free agency period has demonstrated is that no matter how much a fanbase claimed to hate a star that deserted them, they’d welcome him back with open arms if their team desperately needed him.

      • seansull83 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        That is why using terms like hate and unforgivable should be restrained for the proper moments. I blame our education system not teaching people the English language. Example, I hate deadbeat dads. I have nothing but malice towards those that have kids, and don’t own the responsibility.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Irrelevance and all of the losing in the face of all the proclamations of “he won’t win anything before we do” but then your team is in the lottery every year instead will do that to you I suppose.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        There is “hate” and “sports hate.” Everyone other than seansull83 here seems to realize this.

      • jusdre313 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:52 AM

        naw man it shows what America really is.. a bunch of phonies… they claimed they hateed him, burned his jesery, owner sh#tted on him, but now their camping out in front of hi OH crib.. “oh you owe us, please come back” . even though i do feel he was wrong for not telling the organization that he was going to leave in 2010 (my only beef with him, thats not professional) i would never go back.. their true colors came out once he left..this is just another show thier putting on

    • loubearkane - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Cops will really have to protect his house if he says anything other than Cleveland

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Are they there to celebrate or castigate? I think they’re ready for both. Check their trunks – you’ll probably find pitchforks.

    • campcouch - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Don’t generalize please. There was a small group of (as seen in the photos) of suburbanites who made the stink about him. ESPN glommed on to them and their jersey burning, tears in the local pub and drunken rants in front of the cameras.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM


    • kb2408 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Just like all Heat “fans” get labeled as bandwagon fans, we know that’s not true. I’m sure there are Heat fans that were fans before LeBron arrived and will be fans after (if) he leaves. The same thing applies to all Cavs fans hating LeBron for leaving. I’m sure at the time a lot of Cavs fans remained loyal to him. It “appears” their loyalty just might be rewarded.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      I see at least one Ohioan that didn’t burn their James 23 jersey!

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM


      So are you going to be taking your talents to Ohio?

  3. calkinsrob - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    lol thats crazy. i get the joy of playing for your hometown team, but I dont how anyone could go back to cleveland after being hated on so much by those fans. If I was lebron I would totally troll the hell out of cleveland and act as if Im signing with them and at the last moment just resign with the heat lol.

    • calkinsrob - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      I mean go back and read that letter gilbert wrote about lebron. How could you ever go back and help that guy make money.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        And why would Gilbert ever want to help LeBron again after he prompted him to write such a letter?

        Mutual interest. Both parties will benefit the most if they work together.

      • kinggw - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        How exactly would Gilbert be helping?

      • BrownsTown - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        He’d be helping by not getting thrifty with payroll, trying avoid taxes just like Micky and his Panamanian cruise line.

        Blame your spendthrift owner for cracking the open for LeBron to leave.

  4. southstands1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM


    I really can’t believe we fell for this nonsense again.

    …I don’t know who to blame, so I’ll point the finger at…you guessed it…Frank Stallone.

  5. casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Yeah, with LeBron and his entire family/inner circle in Las Vegas, I don’t see the point in hanging out by LeBron’s house…

    • casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      I guess maybe people are hoping to see a signal when LeBron’s made his decision, similar to how the Papal Enclave’s chimney emits smoke in different colors when the Vatican is choosing a new pope.

      Yellow smoke for the Cavs, black smoke for the Heat, white smoke for delaying the decision until tomorrow…

      • BrownsTown - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Nice work….lol

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Casualcommenter wins Post Of The Day, easily.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Maybe to burn his house down if he announces he is staying in miami?lol They can use his jerseys to start the fire.smh

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Biogenisis investigation

  7. miamatt - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    69 cent cheeseburgers at the drive through around back.

    Also, that punk in the Kid Rock tourdate shirt ought to be ashamed.

  8. cluelessdufus - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Lebron needs to go home. Think if he went home and won. Cleveland fans need some hope. I wanna see go home more than anything right now, I would rather see him go to Cleveland than my favorite team (Bulls)

  9. campcouch - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Hey suburban youth (and adults) are stalking. Same yokels who burned his jersey. Same group who probably became Clippers fans will now be identified again as actual fans.

  10. azarkhan - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    People, get a f**king life.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    The real question here is how many more Cavs articles are we going to see once he signs there? And how many of you are going to try to stealthily become “Cavs fans” after being frontrunners for Miami for the past 4 years?

    • bengcolt - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Nothing wrong with being a Lebron fan and following the team he happens to be on….. I am a fan and it started because I live in Ohio and he is one of the greatest…he moved to Miami and I followed him there.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        are you going to root for the AARP when he retires

      • mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        These people aren’t just following the team he happens to be on. They are standing around outside of his home!
        Nothing wrong with that???

    • kinggw - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      A lot of people, especially Knicks fans, fail to realize that the Heat have a decent fan base. Lbj may have brought a lot of new fans but there were plenty to begin with.

      The Heat was a successful franchise before James. Since Riley came in 95′ the Heat have only missed the playoffs three times and one of those times was due to their best player missing most of the season. It would be unfortunate if Lbj left, even if he does it won’t be long before Miami is among the league’s elite again.

  12. theentity1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I would certainly think that LeBron and his people would have firmly denied the reports of LeBron returning to Cleveland if it were not true. Because I can’t imagine they would for one second allow the Cleveland fans to get this excited over his coming home, if it were not true. But then again, I never thought for one second that LeBron would choose to create a national TV spectacle to break the hearts of his fans. LeBron has every right to choose wherever he wants to go, just as he did 4 years ago. But I would really hope he would have learned something about being more sensitive to his hometown fans.

  13. sdlakerfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    The “Decision” was better in the sense we knew when the circus would end. Hope this ends asap so the NBA and fans can move on.

  14. fordmandalay - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    It’s Cleveland. What else is there to do on a Thursday night?

  15. muathjam21 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    People say that there isn’t much to do up there in Cleveland/Akron, and these people are proving their point right.

  16. cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    What a Diva! Just announce it already so the rest of the free agents can get on with their lives. And he wonders why people don’t like him.

    • capspats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Remember, your boy melo is doing the same

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        He’s one of many waiting on LeDiva.

    • divan22 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      “And he wonders why people don’t like him.”

      Actually, LeBron is one of the most popular athletes in the entire world, on account of him being such an incredibly awesome basketball player who’s surely leaps and bounds better than whoever YOUR favorite player is. That’s why you “hate him” so much.

      Truth hurts, huh?

      • longtallsam - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Actually, when you have an athlete as great and successful as Lebron, who did something as controversial as “the decision”, he will be very high on a “favorite player list”, but he will also be high on a “least favorite” list. That’s just the way it is.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:03 AM

        Is that why in an espn poll most of the country was pulling for the Spurs in the Finals? If LeBron was so loved, why was over 75% of the country rooting for the Spurs?

  17. watermelon1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Because with lebrons fragile ego… If a ton of people are gathered outside his house who apparently want him to come to Cleveland… He will at least have to think about the aftermath of disappointing those people.

    It’s not that complicated.

  18. mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    I don’t usually bash an entire fan base or a city, but this is so sad and pathetic on so many levels.
    Going to a basketball players empty house to hold a vigil. How dumb. If the government came out tomorrow and declared the Constitution null and void, these same people wouldn’t give a rip about that.

  19. shanelsweet - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    It makes more sense to me than hanging a big banner on the wall like the Lakers did with DH, and more than some McRoberts signing. I’m a Wiz fan who’s happy LeBron’s going home to win one for his hometown fans that come out to celebrate AT HIS HOUSE. If you can’t get behind those sentiments, then shame on you.

  20. jimbo75025 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Man, this is going to get fugly if Lebron jilts Cleveland again…….after the buildup during the past week if he just goes back to the Heat it is going the make “the decision” seem like a polite way of doing things.

    Personally, I think decision 2014 will go down tomorrow afternoon so the talking heads can go on and on about it all weekend.

  21. bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I’m wondering why the police who are paid by tax payers and should be out fighting crime are acting like a private security force for a private citizen? If lbj is worried about his house then hire a security co. to guard it.smh. Our tax dollars at work.

    • mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      You are correct to a point. But if these people started to get out of control, a private security company would be overwhelmed and not have the training or resources to handle a riot.

  22. lightskin350 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    Cleveland fans all the way up to the owner are comical clowns. They burned his jersey, cursed him, called him a coward and heartless and now are begging fir this guy to come back. Cleveland doesn’t deserve to get LeBron back!

    This Gilbert dude and his corny letter that he wrote with the name calling and how good Cleveland will be without him is now to begging LeBron to come back. I hope he strings you clowns along and stays in Miami.

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