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In Cleveland, partying with LeBron is a bad look for Josh Gordon

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When we first saw the talk last week that some Cleveland fans were angry with Browns receiver Josh Gordon because he was partying with LeBron James after the Miami Heat won the NBA title, we didn’t mention it here. Gordon is a grown man who can hang out with whoever he wants, and the fact that James is an unpopular man in his former hometown of Cleveland doesn’t mean Gordon can’t be friends with him.

But longtime Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reports that concerns in Cleveland about Gordon go a lot deeper than just hanging out with a basketball player who spurned the Cavaliers.

According to Grossi’s reporting, “something happened to Gordon” after his rookie season, and he “was influenced by the wrong people.”

Meanwhile, Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Gordon has given team management reason to question his maturity with his actions.

Former Browns center LeCharles Bentley told Gordon on Twitter that the way he acts is “not a good look” for a guy who has just been suspended for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

“YOU’RE suspended, YOU let YOUR team down but it’s a priority to party with guys WAY out of your tax bracket,” Bentley wrote. “I’d cut you, resign you, cut you again, resign you, then bench you.”

At the moment, all indications are that the Browns still see Gordon being a big part of the offense, starting in Week Three after his two-game suspension ends. But after an impressive rookie season, Gordon’s first NFL offseason isn’t going well.

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87 Responses to “In Cleveland, partying with LeBron is a bad look for Josh Gordon”
  1. datd00d says: Jun 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    How many games did LeCharles Bentley play for Cleveland again?

  2. JC says: Jun 24, 2013 1:25 PM

    Another story of hanging around with the wrong crowd. When will these guys learn?

  3. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 1:26 PM

    Cleveland is a terrible franchise. If Josh Gordon is your best receiver than why even show up on Sunday. Party with whoever you want to Josh and tell those losers in Cleveland maybe hanging around with a champion will rub off a lil on you.

  4. wikipediasaidso says: Jun 24, 2013 1:28 PM

    With all of the history Gordon had in his checkered college career, NOW the Browns are questioning his maturity?

    The Browns placed a pretty heavy bet when they used that pick on him and rolled the dice. Maybe Gordon still comes up a winner for them — no doubt he’s got talent — but if he flames out because of self-destructive behavior, NO ONE should be surprised.

  5. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jun 24, 2013 1:29 PM

    Watch out Josh, the Cleveland media seems to have it out for you now.

  6. supremekingz says: Jun 24, 2013 1:29 PM

    This is one of many reasons why Cleveland sucks. They actually hate it when their players associate with winners. That’s strictly forbidden

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 24, 2013 1:29 PM

    Bentley wrote. “I’d cut you, resign you, cut you again, resign you, then bench you.”
    ——————————————————-
    Not everyone should take your career path, LeCharles.

  8. newagerocker says: Jun 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    LeCharles Bentley knows about the laws of karma.

  9. kinggw says: Jun 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    Stories like this is one of the reasons why Cleveland will never be a prime destination for free agents. Who wants to play a miserable fan base ?

    Its been three years Cleveland. Lebron left and he probably won’t come back until he’s well past his prime if at all. Move on and get a life.

  10. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:35 PM

    “YOU’RE suspended, YOU let YOUR team down but it’s a priority to party with guys WAY out of your tax bracket,” Bentley wrote. “I’d cut you, resign you, cut you again, resign you, then bench you.”

    —————————————

    Ok…so you’re right, he let his team down for getting suspended but it sounds a little more like jelousy when you bring up hanging with people outside your tax bracket. I bet you wished you were there too.

  11. joewilliesshnoz says: Jun 24, 2013 1:35 PM

    Party on, Garth !

  12. jeffw says: Jun 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    I travel to Cleveland on business. It is ridiculous how angry people still are about Lebron. I purposely bring him up in conversation just to watch people spew their irrational hatred. Bunch of losers.

  13. skinswillsurprise says: Jun 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    They are just mad because they are in Cleveland!! People need to grow up and worry about themselves. Its not like he was partying with the Ravens.

  14. blackandbluedivision says: Jun 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    Completely unnecessary. The city of Cleveland is like a bitter ex-girlfriend when it comes to LeBron James. They’re just jealous he has moved on and now he has two kids that they wish he had had with them. Get over it.

  15. daubs17 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:38 PM

    hey datd… bentley played zero games for cleveland because he suffered a horrible career ending injury in practice under the direction and supervision of CLEVELAND. Then because of CLEVELANDS outstanding cleanliness and tip top run management/facilities suffered multiple staph infections…as did several others on the team at that time. Stupid post

  16. steelerfanjo says: Jun 24, 2013 1:39 PM

    The browns are irrelevant.

  17. jackblackshairyback says: Jun 24, 2013 1:40 PM

    datd00d says:
    Jun 24, 2013 1:22 PM
    How many games did LeCharles Bentley play for Cleveland again?
    —————————————————————–

    He may not have played for the Browns, but he made a few Pro Bowls in his career. His opinion holds some weight.

  18. blitzinc43 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:41 PM

    This guy is good – ton of game.

    Some see him as a RICH man’s Torrey Smith due to his raw power streamign alongside his track-runner speed.

    Give him some pads and he’ll block. Give him a basketball and he’ll slam. Give him a hockey stick and he’ll dazzle. Give him a football and he’ll hit a home-run.

    Its football, not the typical workplace. Let him be him and let him do what he does on the field.

  19. MyTeamsAllStink says: Jun 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    It’s a shame Art Modell isn’t alive.He could of presented LeBron with the MVP trophy AND the Larry O Brien trophy.

  20. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jun 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    Poor Cleveland. I’m a Lions fan and I feel sorry for these enduring fans. At least we have Calvin, hope, and uniforms that aren’t dreadful.

  21. jerruhjones says: Jun 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    Tony Grossi is irrelevant (and has too much time on his hands as well).

    Go Browns!

  22. bobby2478 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:44 PM

    Who cares if Gordon partied with Lebron. He’s obviously a fan of Lebron, and as a fan if you got an invite to party with him after he won a championship, I’d probably do it too.

    To criticize Gordon over this is just stupid, obviously the Cleveland media doesn’t have anything better to do.

    Him hanging out with Lebron has NOTHING to do with his previous issues. It only would be a problem if Gordon was hanging around with trouble makers or problem spots. Frankly, Lebron is probably one of the best pro athletes to hang around with because Lebron won’t be hanging around with hoodlums and there won’t be any drama around Lebron.

    Lebron has too much to lose to act immature and get into trouble. Hanging around with him you would be in good company. Much better than hanging out with a bunch of clowns with nothing to lose who are prone to getting in trouble.

  23. savocabol1 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:46 PM

    There is a little more to this story. Gordon provoked all of the angry Cleveland fans about this over and over on Twitter adding fuel to the flame. It is almost like he got enjoyment out of rubbing it in fans’ noses.

    He can do whatever he wants. But bashing the fans that buy your jersey? That’s pretty low.

  24. kingmj4891 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:48 PM

    At least he is not out shooting people in the face and disposing of bodies within a mile of his own home.

  25. maddog111 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:50 PM

    Ridiculous for Gordon to be out there partying with LBJ and the Heat. He should “keep it real” and hang with his home boys. Worked out well for Aaron Hernandez.

  26. dublindemonszfl says: Jun 24, 2013 1:52 PM

    Lebron? What team does he play for? He one of those guys Miami signed?

  27. SAV says: Jun 24, 2013 1:52 PM

    If im Josh Gordon Im hanging with Lebron as well. That’s a great circle of influence to penetrate. Hanging out with a champion is exactly what this young needs.

  28. winkeroni says: Jun 24, 2013 1:54 PM

    Perhaps LeBron James can sign with the Browns as a tight end and redeem himself. <- Kidding

  29. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 24, 2013 1:58 PM

    If you were Gordon, would you:

    1) Party with Lebron James after the Heat win a championship.
    or
    2) Go back to Cleveland.

    It’s an easy choice. Cleveland is an awful place.

  30. rukkus1 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:58 PM

    I cant wait til theres football to talk about and all this other stuff is not in the headlines. Golden tate said this… josh gordan hung out with labron… blah blah

  31. djigel says: Jun 24, 2013 1:59 PM

    I have had the pleasure of living in Cleveland for over 5 years. It is a great place in the summer and rough in the winter (Like almost all northern and midwestern cities). I’ve brought in friends from Europe who say how great it is (mind you there were here in September not January)

    The fan base isn’t as terrible as they seem (well most of them). I still marvel at the utter anger some people have with the sports teams. Sadly, it is the wrong people who get all of the attention. You know what most people did the day after LeBron’s decision in Cleveland? Woke up, went to work, and lived their life. You know what those people did this week? The same thing. You know what they will do for the next 5 years? Yup – you guessed it.

    There are always crack pots who burn shirts and wish death upon people. Make fun of them all you want – they DESERVE it. Watching a grown man cry over sports is painful and they should be shamed. But to write off a whole city – not a bad one at that – because of people on message boards and Twitter (the ultimate place for morons) or that clip ESPN continually shows of two guys burning jerseys is ridiculous.

    So on this nice, 80 degree day in Cleveland, I am cutting out of work early to roll down the windows and drive down the shores of Lake Erie. I promise I will not have an angry thought about LeBron.

  32. cantonbound13 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:01 PM

    Akron hates you! That’s still my favorite chant.

  33. thesteelers says: Jun 24, 2013 2:01 PM

    Nothing but sadness in Cleveland.

  34. cloesch81 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:02 PM

    The browns will go 10-6 and all will be fine!

  35. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jun 24, 2013 2:02 PM

    “YOU’RE suspended, YOU let YOUR team down but it’s a priority to party with guys WAY out of your tax bracket,” Bentley wrote. “I’d cut you, resign you, cut you again, resign you, then bench you.”
    —————–

    I lol’d. I mean, all and all, I agree with him. But you’re an ex-center, don’t be a drama queen.

  36. vdogg says: Jun 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    I have to admit he could be hanging around a worse crowd. I am no fan of LeBron but he doesnt get into trouble and has been pretty insulated from the trouble that other athletes have been getting into.

  37. stevieb10 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    Hey all of you saying Cleveland sucks are just as pathetic as the fans that are pissed off. I’m a browns fan and could care less that Gordon is partying with James. It’s a better environment for him to be around a fellow athlete that has kept his nose clean. Yeah he screwed up for whatever the drug infraction was, and that’s sad for him and his team as they try to get things turned around. But the people lashing out about his friendships don’t speak for all the fans. And he’s not the only player on the Browns who was on twitter supporting James, he already has a target on his back because of the suspension. And making things worse by engaging dumb fans on twitter doesn’t help the situation. I don’t care who he hangs out with as long as can stop getting suspended and put up improving numbers each year.

  38. jrcoop says: Jun 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    The continued LeBron hatred is rotting your soul. Lebron might even be an inspiring influence to him, but lets cut off our nose to spite our face shall we.

  39. @Cereal_22 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:11 PM

    Sounds like something to talk about in Cleveland, seriously this is no biggie.

  40. @HowdyDoobie says: Jun 24, 2013 2:12 PM

    When you give someone with a troubled past $3.8 million in guaranteed money, there’s a good chance that he is not going to care what you think.

  41. matt2korn says: Jun 24, 2013 2:12 PM

    I feel like aside from the Miami Dolphins receivers, it is odd for anyone’s NFL players to be partying with Lebron James. But I am not in the business of selling libel-laden sports slander while trying to gain 1.7% of ESPN’s market share, that’s the job of NBCSports Network.

  42. camdenyard says: Jun 24, 2013 2:13 PM

    I travel to Cleveland on business. It is ridiculous how angry people still are about Lebron. I purposely bring him up in conversation just to watch people spew their irrational hatred. Bunch of losers.
    ==================================

    Then imagine what you get when you bring up Art Modell or the Ravens. It is killing them that Baltimore has two Lombardis in 12 years. Seriously, a bunch of people who hate the world.

  43. skinsrock says: Jun 24, 2013 2:14 PM

    I’m tired of every person’s public life on display and everyone having an opinion… If every time I went to a bar was a crime, I would be serving many life sentences.

  44. hunteradh says: Jun 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    Not many people from Cleveland hate Lebron. They just think he’s a tool.

    Dude’s the best basketball player on the planet. But he’s got no heart.

    So what about Josh Gordon. Cleveland fans loved him last year. Had a great season for a rookie in a terrible offense. And thats fine if he loves the Heat and Lebron. Nobody’s hating him for that. Just have some tact. He’s telling his Cleveland fans that follow him on twitter that “you can find me on the championship float…”.

    Hey Josh… how about we find you in the compound studying the playbook for week 3 when you can finally play.

  45. doctormantistoboggan says: Jun 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    Would be awesome if they renamed the team to the Cleveland Dumpster Fires.

  46. tharoostah says: Jun 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    A couple of things here:

    1) Bentley is an idiot. Why would he cut him and resign him twice just to bench him?

    2) EVERYONE in Josh Gordon’s age group parties. They should be happy he is doing his partying during the off season and not during football season.

    3) Lebron James has never had an off the court issue in his life, other than the entire nation getting collectively “butt hurt” when he left Cleveland. Also please note he is from Akron, not Cleveland. If anything I would say Lebron James is likely a positive person for a young athlete to be around. His hard work and dedication to bettering his game speaks for itself.

    4) In conclusion the only thing Gordon has done wrong is fail a drug test. Yes, this is a big problem. However Clevland sports writers and friends are just acting like their new friend is hanging out with their ex-girlfriend. Grow up, partying, and hanging out with other athletes is completely normal. In the word of Jokim Noah ” Cleveland Sucks, have you ever heard anyone say they are going on vacation to Cleveland?”. If an athlete wants to get out of that dumpster during the offseason it shouldn’t be problem.

    5) Cleveland fans: Stop acting like bitter ex girlfriends all the time if you ever want to attract good athletes to your city again.

  47. browns4ever says: Jun 24, 2013 2:32 PM

    Don’t care how many rings The Bron wins Champions are made from the inside out, not from the opposite. I will give him no respect, because none is due to him.

  48. Kaz says: Jun 24, 2013 2:33 PM

    And Browns fans said Gordon has AJ Green potential. I guess I won’t be reading those comments anymore.

  49. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jun 24, 2013 2:38 PM

    Nice post djigel, I agree 100%.

  50. realskipbayless says: Jun 24, 2013 2:38 PM

    Til LeBron switches to playing football I don’t want to read about him on a football site.

  51. tharoostah says: Jun 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    haha that sucks for Cleveland athletes, your not allowed to get out of the city and party a little bit in the off season. No wonder why Lebron left. Any negativity towards Gordon should strictly be over his failed drug test and suspension. Hanging out with other athletes who have excellent work ethics and no off court issues like Lebron should be only seen as a positive. A 22 year old partied?!?!?! Someone better call his mother!!

  52. afcdomination says: Jun 24, 2013 2:51 PM

    used to be that lecharles Bentley just made you think of really bad staph infection.

    now? I will remember him for that epic quote. ”
    I’d cut you, re-sign you, cut you again, re-sign you, then bench you”

  53. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 24, 2013 2:52 PM

    daubs17 says:Jun 24, 2013 1:38 PM

    hey datd… bentley played zero games for cleveland because he suffered a horrible career ending injury in practice.
    ————————————————–
    Wrong. It was only career-ending because of the staph infection, which he sued the team for.

  54. slippyal2 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    IF you want to laugh today go watch Cleavland fans reaction videos to Lebron’s “The Decision”. Seeing fans being crushed like that always puts a smile on my face

  55. wikipediasaidso says: Jun 24, 2013 3:06 PM

    skinsrock says:
    Jun 24, 2013 2:14 PM
    I’m tired of every person’s public life on display and everyone having an opinion… If every time I went to a bar was a crime, I would be serving many life sentences.
    ===========

    He’s the one tweeting the details! Not exactly an effort to stay low-key and keep his off-field life private.

    But if I were a Browns fan I’d be much more concerned about the pattern of behavior that landed him in the supplemental draft to begin with, along with his shaky excuse about how he ended up in violation of the substance abuse policy multiple times already, being he’s done it enough times to get suspended.

    Wouldn’t care so much about the LeBron thing, personally.

  56. ohiogator says: Jun 24, 2013 3:33 PM

    It just a matter of being smart on Gordon’s part. He’s already failed two drug tests and now he’s riding the coattails of the heats championship at 3 am. As a browns fan you’d think he’d realize that tweeting what he did would piss se people off.

  57. heyguru1969 says: Jun 24, 2013 3:44 PM

    Note to athletes: The wrong crowd is typically not sporting “Wrong Crowd” T-shirts. It’s something you have to figure out using your common sense. OOOPS! Therein lies the rub.

  58. Dolphins Nation says: Jun 24, 2013 3:47 PM

    LOL, Cleveland fans think Lebron is coming back.

  59. si1m says: Jun 24, 2013 3:47 PM

    these are the same people who talk about “having their heart ripped out” in 95 (lol 18 years ago) like it happened yesterday.

    Get over it, get a life, stop being a pity party, the rest of America is tired of it and does not sympathize with you.

  60. ytownjoe says: Jun 24, 2013 3:59 PM

    If Gordon comes back in game 3 and lights it up, nobody in Cleveland will care who he hangs out with.

    But, IF, Gordon is running with the wrong crowd, gets busted for smoking some weed, he’ll face an entire season suspended from the NFL and the Browns will trade him for whatever they can get. Maybe a fourth rounder?

  61. denverdude7 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:01 PM

    The “Factory of Sadness” adds yet another new chapter… (heavy sigh)

    It just never ends does it?

    The next thing you know, Jimmy Haslem will have LeBron James doing commercials for Pilot Flying J.

  62. staff2cj says: Jun 24, 2013 4:20 PM

    This topic is hotter than Ariel Castro….Go Cleveland

  63. trollingforjustice says: Jun 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    Maybe i am just not getting it..but what i take from this article is a player that has been suspended for using an illegal substance shouldn’t be placed at high profile parties that could give to the speculation that he still might be abusing illegal substances…..right?

  64. stairwayto7 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:23 PM

    That is why Cleveland still the mistake by the lake. No championships in the 3 major sports since the 1950′s , Haslem under investigation and their football team left before and WILL LEAVE AGAIN! HERE WE GP STEELERS HERE WE GO! Time to go look at our 6 SuperBowl trophies!

  65. blkmanwtan says: Jun 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    LeCharles Bentley sounds like the jealous guy who did not get invited to the party.
    I believe Josh Gordon is an adult who has choices. There is nothing wrong with a 22 year old going to a party. What 22 year old doesn’t go to parties? Yes, he is suspended, but that doesn’t mean he has to lock himself in the closet and dwell on his suspension. The Browns and NFL already punished him, and he’ll be a fool to punish himself. Just because fan breathe, eat, and think football 24/7, doesn’t means the players have to, too.

  66. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:29 PM

    “YOU’RE suspended, YOU let YOUR team down but it’s a priority to party with guys WAY out of your tax bracket,” Bentley wrote. “I’d cut you, resign you, cut you again, resign you, then bench you.”

    ^^^^^Hater^^^^

  67. thebigtuna2 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:34 PM

    Not sure why everyone sees LeCharles as a hater. He’s an educated adult who doesn’t get caught up in the partying like most athletes. Everyone saying he isn’t in that tax bracket obviously is too young or doesn’t know their facts to remember him playing. He made some dough but now runs a very successful O-Line academy.

  68. baywolfe says: Jun 24, 2013 4:38 PM

    Cleveland isn’t his home town, Akron is.

  69. realdealsteel says: Jun 24, 2013 4:52 PM

    So Gordon was hanging out with LeBron? Maybe it’s a good thing that Gordon hang out with a guy who’s:

    1. A family man
    2. Never been caught carozing after women
    3. Doesn’t do drugs
    4. Works hard at his craft
    5. And is a winner.

    Yeah….it’s real bad that Gordon hang out with a guy like that.

    But if Gordon were hanging out with Dwight Howard (6 babies by 6 different women) then that would be alright with the media??

  70. hounds64 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:54 PM

    Browns Fans relax….Gordon was researching championship parties for when the Browns win one soon.

  71. thetooloftools says: Jun 24, 2013 5:02 PM

    Gordon thinks he’s Dez Bryant but without the skills.

  72. thebigtuna2 says: Jun 24, 2013 5:03 PM

    Born and raised in Cleveland and I don’t care that athletes hang out with Lebron at championship parties. I’d want to be there cuz I know I would party my face off. I would imagine Josh Gordon wanted to party his face off which is cool. Just don’t do anything stupid and there is no guarantee that he won’t do anything stupid.

  73. commonsensedude says: Jun 24, 2013 5:36 PM

    Cleveland fans need to let it go and get on with their lives. What are they going to do if next year, like this year, Lebron wins the NBA title and the Ravens win the Superbowl? Riot? Mass suicide?

    Cleveland never got dissed as badly as Baltimore did. They never had a future Hall of Famer (Elway) straight up refuse to be even drafted there. It didn’t take them twelve years to get another NFL franchise. They may have lost their best NBA player but at least they didn’t actually lose their entire NBA franchise as Baltimore did. Continually cursing Lebron and the memory of Art Modell will not lead Cleveland to better days, only more misery.

    Learn a simple lesson from the city you think you hate. Do like Baltimore. Get over it. Bad things happen to great sports towns like both Cleveland and Baltimore. Better days are ahead if you let go of the hard feelings.

  74. keegax says: Jun 24, 2013 6:31 PM

    I’m gonna let the rest of the world (most who have never been to Cleveland and don’t have a clue) in on the secret.

    Here’s who cares about LeBron:

    The media.

    READ all you want about how bitter fans are etc etc. It’s not real and if it is, it represents 1% of the population. Most Cleveland fans have moved on but thats not newsworthy. If he came back people would be stoked but all in all not a huge issue.

    So poke fun at Cleveland all you want but we get the last laugh because you are falling for the media hype.

    Also, feel free to visit Cleveland. You will be hard-pressed to not enjoy it. Unless you hate culture, excellent food, diversity and seasons.

  75. mtavin says: Jun 24, 2013 7:06 PM

    “… the fact that James is an unpopular man in his former hometown of Cleveland”

    Actually, Akron is his hometown where James remains as popular as ever.

    And I still don’t get the “hate” for someone who fulfilled his contract, sought a better job, worked his tail off and was rewarded for it, hasn’t forgotten his roots, remains close to his hometown, is even engaged to his hometown sweetheart, has never been close to *any* trouble w/the law aside from 1 speeding ticket in 2008.

    Sheesh.

  76. swaggyy says: Jun 24, 2013 7:34 PM

    Get over it cleveland

  77. condor75 says: Jun 24, 2013 7:43 PM

    LBJ is the only reason most people even know Cleveland has a basketball team. didnt that punk owner say they would when one before LeBron, ummm they be get going lot’s of catching up to do

  78. jprcox says: Jun 24, 2013 8:10 PM

    I’m just catching up to this story, but I read that he was suspended for taking doctor prescribed cough syrup that had codeine – when he was sick. Are you telling me that if a doctor prescribes something to a player to get well or feel better he still not allowed to take it???

    WOW.

  79. whodatnhollywood says: Jun 24, 2013 8:26 PM

    Dear Cleveland LeBron Haters,

    GET OVER IT! LeBron James took his talents to South Beach 3 years ago and have gone to three straight NBA Finals series~and won 2.

    The dude has NOT been in trouble with the law, abuse his family, on steroids, etc. He made a business decision. While I was hoping he’d stay in Cleveland, I respect he did what was in HIS best interest, not MINE~or the FANS of Cleveland. It wasn’t his responsibility to stay for the fans.

    If that’s the case, so many of our jobs wouldn’t be in India, the Philippines, etc. Those corporations didn’t care that we are fans of their product~like you are Cav fans. They did what was in their best interest~like it or not.

    Contrary to the “King James” name he was given, LeBron is NOT the MESSIAH! He is but a mortal man playing basketball exceptionally well. He worked hard for those titles and I respect that.

    Just because he’s from Ohio doesn’t mean he has to live and work there forever. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is not even from there! He’s from Detroit! And nobody’s trippin’ about him making money in Cleveland!

    Players get traded by management all the time. Why trip when the player finally chooses to go to a fabulous city like Miami? I can’t blame the man for giving up freezing winter temperatures for palm trees and sunshine~in the midst of winter.

    So, lay off Josh Gordon. LeBron is being a great influence on him~on how to be a professional, save your money, invest in your own vision~and others, and have thick skin.

    So, give the dude a break. LeBron too. Scoreboard!

  80. browns11 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:11 PM

    What isn’t being reported in this article is the fact that Cleveland fans are not concerned with who Josh Gordon parties with, but with the fact that he is out partying after being suspended for a drug violation. As the NFL doesn’t release details, Gordon “claims” it was for a cough medicine he was prescribed. With his history in college and now another suspension, Cleveland fans should be concerned. Party all you want Josh, but be smart about it. Gordon also recently posted on his twitter account about an incident where he was involved with drag racing. This all just leads to questions about when, not if, he will flame out. Clevelanders just want to win and don’t want to see this young man hurt himself and his team more by his immature postings about partying given his upcoming suspension. As far as LeBron goes, most in Cleveland don’t hate him for leaving, they hate him for doing it the way he did with “The Decision”. Again this showed the immaturity that a younger LeBron had with his desire for the attention. Gordon is no different, he just needs to grown up and keep his nose clean.

  81. watchfullhose says: Jun 24, 2013 10:12 PM

    There are over 50 comments on here telling “Cleveland” to “get over it”. There are ZERO comments from said Clevelanders exhibiting anything remotely close to not being “over it”. What gives?

  82. blackngold4life says: Jun 24, 2013 11:55 PM

    what do you guys mean by “Wrong crowd”?

  83. brownoholic says: Jun 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    I love how people on here think a few hater trolls on Twitter represent all Cleveland fans.

    Cleveland fans rule & only a small portion, as with ANY team, are irrational fanatics.

    And in my book the only annoying Cavs fans are the ones who want LeBron back.

  84. gn74 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    Dear Cleveland LeBron Haters,

    GET OVER IT! LeBron James took his talents to South Beach 3 years ago and have gone to three straight NBA Finals series~and won 2.

    The dude has NOT been in trouble with the law, abuse his family, on steroids, etc. He made a business decision. While I was hoping he’d stay in Cleveland, I respect he did what was in HIS best interest, not MINE~or the FANS of Cleveland. It wasn’t his responsibility to stay for the fans.

    If that’s the case, so many of our jobs wouldn’t be in India, the Philippines, etc. Those corporations didn’t care that we are fans of their product~like you are Cav fans. They did what was in their best interest~like it or not.

    Contrary to the “King James” name he was given, LeBron is NOT the MESSIAH! He is but a mortal man playing basketball exceptionally well. He worked hard for those titles and I respect that.

    Just because he’s from Ohio doesn’t mean he has to live and work there forever. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is not even from there! He’s from Detroit! And nobody’s trippin’ about him making money in Cleveland!

    Players get traded by management all the time. Why trip when the player finally chooses to go to a fabulous city like Miami? I can’t blame the man for giving up freezing winter temperatures for palm trees and sunshine~in the midst of winter.

    So, lay off Josh Gordon. LeBron is being a great influence on him~on how to be a professional, save your money, invest in your own vision~and others, and have thick skin.

    So, give the dude a break. LeBron too. Scoreboard!

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    What’s ironic is there are so many people who were born and raised in Northeast Ohio who now live in other parts of the country. They left their hometown for better opportunities/jobs, yet they crucify LeBron for doing the same thing?

  85. CKL says: Jun 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    datd00d says:
    Jun 24, 2013 1:22 PM
    How many games did LeCharles Bentley play for Cleveland again?
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    Bentley is from here, so what does it matter? He has a loyalty to the area. He’s also very player friendly (as far as taking sides)from whatI know so for him to be jumping on Gordon means he really feels strongly about it.

    I’ve listened to local talk radio about this and what most fans hate is that Gordon was rubbing their faces in it on Twitter, not that he’s friends with LeBron. Few care if he’s friends with LeBron. Lots of athletes have friends on hated rival teams whether in their sport or others.

  86. dawgtown86 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:27 PM

    There are over 50 comments on here telling “Cleveland” to “get over it”. There are ZERO comments from said Clevelanders exhibiting anything remotely close to not being “over it”. What gives?

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    Go Browns!

  87. clevesportsfannomatter says: Jul 2, 2013 5:20 AM

    Look – we in Cleveland doesn’t hate LeBron, he tore the heart out of the city with his actions. Naming his debacle “The Decision” made parity to “The Shot” “The Drive” etc.. Josh Gordon – catch 100 passes for over 1,000 and 10+ tds – you can do anything you want – chill on the weed and codeine for like 6 years or so – then do whatever the hell you want. Tell me however that a victory parade in Miami – even comes close to what LeBron would have felt in Cleveland – and he would have at least one if not the 2 he is enjoying. I don’t know – I can only speculate – I think he left too soon, not his fault many of us would have also – but the taste of victory here with the fans of cleveland would have been far greater than “trying” to sell your home opener or some of the playoff series.

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