This must all be very troubling to Cleveland sports fans: the Browns are finally relevant after years of striving just to be mediocre, the Cavaliers are annually one of the best teams in the East, and although two games under .500 at the moment, the Indians won the Central by eight games a season ago.
Yet none of this success matters, apparently; LeBron James, native son, is happy to pledge his allegiance to, well, anybody but Cleveland.
On Sunday, James, who last season showed up at an Indians playoff game against New York sporting a Yankees cap, was on Dallas’ sideline during pregame warmups before the Browns’ season opener against the Cowboys. In full view of Browns players, James, again wearing the Yankees cap and a blue-and-silver T-shirt, chatted with Dallas owner Jerry Jones and hugged Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens and cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones.
James has pledged an allegiance to America’s Team since he was a kid.
“It didn’t bother me,” [Browns WR Braylon] Edwards said. “As I’ve gotten to know LeBron, LeBron isn’t a Cleveland guy. LeBron only plays for the Cavaliers, and who knows if he even likes the Cavaliers? He doesn’t like the Indians. He doesn’t like the Browns. He’s a guy from Akron who likes everybody but his hometown. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it is what it is, and he is who he is. You know, it’s LeBron.”
Shockingly, the fans and local media aren’t happy. The CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER’s Phillip Morris asked in his Tuesday column, “Does Cavaliers superstar James really hate Cleveland that much? Does the anointed one really think we’re all a bunch of losers?
Um, yes and yes? Don’t worry, city that brought us Drew Carey, as soon as a half-decent offer comes his way, LeBron is out of Cleveland and you can go about hating him just like every other big-name player who left town for more more dough.