So it seems like everybody and there mama had an opinion on Lebron James' free agency and the impending fallout between him and the state of Ohio. The Cavaliers' owner, Dan Gilbert, had some very choice words for Lebron in a letter he wrote to Cav's fans after James made his decision. While Gilbert voiced the opinion of pretty much every Cleveland sports fan, his statement didn't sit well with a lot of people because of his position as owner of the Cavaliers.
That's where The Reverend stepped in. In what has to be one of the most random rants I've heard all year, Jesse Jackson criticized Dan Gilbert about as harshly as anyone could have. But Jesse isn't just mad that the Cav's owner spoke unprofessionally; he managed to find his way to the racist twist in Gilbert's comments.
"He speaks as an owner of Lebron, and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees Lebron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship--between business partners---and Lebron honored his contract."
While I agree with the Rev. Jackson that Lebron honored his contract and had no obligation to stay with the Cav's, everybody and there mama knows the way he handled it was tactless, which is probably why he got a tactless response from Dan Gilbert when he announced his team of choice.
More importantly, Jesse Jackson has absolutely nothing to do with the matter at all. One of the first people to criticize Lebron after his decision was Otis Smith, a black man, and the general manager of the Orlando Magic. Would that make him an Uncle Tom? Basketball legend, and known loudmouth, Charles Barkley, also criticized Lebron's decision. He's black too. Would that make him a coon?
Those last couple of questions sound as ridiculous and unwarranted as Jackson's quote. Rev. Jackson was quick to call out the owner/employee relationship between Gilbert and James, so he should understand what James did was the equivalent of not giving a two week notice before leaving a company. Neither Gilbert nor James handled things professionally, but nowhere in the owner/employee handbook does it mention Rev. Jesse Jackson as Sr. HR Manager.