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Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  68 responses

Extra Security for LeBron James’ Return to Cleveland

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

A week from today, LeBron James will make his long-awaited return to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat.

The greatest (and now, most hated) Cavs player of all time will hear unrelenting boos the whole night, but that’s about as far as the Cavs organization is willing to let their bitter fans take things.

Cleveland, working with the NBA, is taking extra steps to ensure that things don’t get out of hand during LeBron’s return, which will be nationally televised. On top of the additional security hired for the game, fans will not be allowed to wear “inappropriate” apparel or display signage that’s deemed unacceptable.

From ESPN:

To ensure James’ safety, there will be dozens of extra police officers on hand, both uniformed and undercover. Officers will be stationed inside and outside the arena, and many will be positioned by the Heat bench and at the tunnel where the Heat players will enter the court. “Honestly, I’m a little bit afraid,” one member of the Cavs organization said. “Some people don’t care. Their mentality is ‘‘I’ve got to get this off my chest.’ There’s so much negative energy around this game. People aren’t excited about the game itself. They’re just like, ‘‘I can’t wait to do something.’”

The team has done research on the various crude and offensive James T-shirts in circulation locally, and officials will be stationed at entrances to make sure no fans enter with such shirts or signs that disrespect James or his family members. They’ll also be in the stands, authorized to take away inappropriate apparel. Fans who have such shirts will be required to remove them and then will be given a Cavaliers-branded T-shirt to wear instead. All inappropriate signs also will be confiscated and officials will be on the lookout throughout the game for inebriated fans or fans who are preparing to throw things onto the court.

Next week, Cavs officials will also appear on local TV and radio to preach their message of calm and reason to the fans. Um, good luck with that.

People will be angry (and drunk), and there’s no doubt that some will manage to make their mark felt during the game.

Draconian as some of these measures may be, they’re a necessity. The League can’t afford for anything to go seriously wrong during such a highly-watched event.

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  • JuicyM

    can’t wait for this!

  • neaorin

    They should let that guy with the axe from the fans’ video in. He was funny.

  • razif

    seriously people. grow up. getting drunk is so 70′s.

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Would be so much better if Cleveland’s fan can focus solely on cheering for their team rather than hate on Lebron. Plus the way Miami is playing right now i say they have a chance to win.

  • michael

    it is a game cleveland, jesus how lame ass and backward are these hillbillies? anyone would think he went around killing people

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Before the season started I want my Cavs to win all their regular season match-ups against Miami this year. But back then I know the Cavs don’t stand a chance against them. But at this point in time I want the Heat to win. They need this more! Can we imagine that?… This might be the only huge chance the Cavs have in a few years anyway. This game might bring me to tears while watching..lol.

  • barnabusb

    Co-sign, Anthony. The biggest smack upside LeBron’s head would be for the fans to show amazing support for the Cavs as they stomp Miami into the ground by double-digits.

  • Bruno

    maybe if they let the funny t-shirts and signs stay with the fans, people would calm down a little and just laugh

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    So you mean I couldn’t wear my “Lyin’ King” tee to the game if I wanted to? Bummer…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    No amount of Security will stop the Witch Doctor! lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    crossed fingers, i hope no drama will happen .. some ppl are so crazy

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Would LeBron do the chalk toss? I’m really wondering..

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    BC, Myles and Woj should form a “wehatelbj’sguts” club aready.

  • MikeC.

    Let the funny signs stay. A sign that says “LeCon” or something to that effect isn’t hurting anyone. It lets the fans vent and get over it. Just take away profane and offensive signs. Nba arenas should have a limit for alcohol purchases if they don’t already. That would cut down a lot of the ignorant behavior.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Dark: “It’s a secret society, all we ask is trust…”

  • MikeC.

    @ J. If Lebron does the chalk toss, I will laugh so hard I’ll fall off my couch. That would be the ultimate bad guy move.

  • benno

    why- can’t a black man fend for himself

  • The Philosopher

    Nothing is going to happen to The King.
    He is The King.
    Something happens to The King, it is the beginning of the end of The NBA as we now know it. It will be entirely different after that if something crazy happens to him.

  • MUBWAR

    That city has nothing going for it. That’s why the same story keep coming back.

  • 80

    I really hope that noone makes any problems at the game, god forbid someone attacks him physically, or try to do any type of harm to him in any way. But this censorship is really crazy, as these fans think/feel he did something wrong to them, and they have right to express that they dislike his behaviour. So there will be fashion police at the gates checking what people wear. Thats really beyond belief. It is like Obama would check his guests at the rally if they sport Bush heart Cheney underwear. He has got to realize that there are some people who are bound to dislike him, you cant try to force the people to love you, and as a public figure you have to suffer some bad publicity for some wrong PR moves.

  • Fat Lever

    Can the extra security guards shoot the 3? If so, the Heat should seriously consider signing them.

  • http://none alfonso

    How about Cleveland fans not showing up at all?

  • http://none alfonso

    Fat Lever, that sounds like the guards shooting (as in with guns) the (“Big”) 3.

  • the truth

    its sad the people of cleveland are such crybabies that this security is required. u would think he went around killing in people while he was at cleveland, not being their best player of all time

  • Exile

    Sad.

  • http://www.solecollector.com NDP

    I’m not sure how much money they’d lose, but they seriously should halt beer sales at halftime.

  • Blackphantom

    If he does the chalk toss i think the Cleveland fans in that building will probably storm the court and a huge brawl will happen, I’m just saying, Cleveland’s THAT pissed off

  • Fat Lever

    Also, is it possible for an entire arena to get ejected? I bet Joey Crawford would be the ref with the stones to do that.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Right now Cavs fans are probobly getting more joy out of what Miami’s doing, than Cavs wins. Just imagine what a Loss in the most hostile environment on earth (for LeBron) would do to his fragile and weak mind? At that point it’s call down Pat to give these guys some confidence or call it a wrap.

  • JTaylor21

    F*CK CRYVELAND and LONG…LIVE…THE…F*CKING…KING!!!

  • mark

    F*ck lebron it’s all about the return of BIG Z!!!!!

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    And the win goes to Brian C. For the “lyin’ king tee” line lmao. As usual Jtaylor used all 5 of his brain cells to single finger type out that last one.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    *Bryan

  • Jackie Moon

    No one wants to hurt him, they just want to make fun of him and give him a hard time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Ron Artest should be the special guest ref.

  • Joey

    Everyone goin to the game should just wear an inappropriate shirt so that they have to give free cavs shirts to everybody in the stands. They’ll run out… and the rest of the nation will see how classy Cleveland is.

    Darko should join the Heat!

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 ENDSwing

    Look When Shaq And Penny Came Back Here the First Two Times the Best part of the Games (Besides the Fact we blew the Lakers out in 96 and Nick hit a Game winner In 97) was all the Hillarious Signs in the Stands. They should let em in, as long as they’re not profane. THIS IS GONNA GET UGLY, he better not toss that powder

  • dako24

    Hey LeBron…heard you’re mom banged that one guy from the West. Kobe? Oh wait he’s not from the west? His name is West? YOUR MOM SLEPT WITH DELONTE WEST? Damn…demoralizing.

  • Eric

    Negetivekreep, the only weak and fragile minds involved in this are the minds of the white trash in Cleveland.

  • LeBron de Con

    Just let the Heat self-implode they are doing it well so far.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    OF COURSE hes gonna toss the powder, he does it at every game. i always thought it was kinda rude to do it on the road. but, hes always done it everywhere. this is going to be funny. and fats right. joey c will have to be there. and he would eject half the fans if not all

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just Bcuz

    im not gonna lie…i want to see a RIOT occur!! and so do all of you!! why else would u tune in to see the heat(albeit not so good themselves) play a cavs team with no one worth watching!! WE ALL REALLY DEEP DOWN WANT TO SEE CONTROVERSY jus keepin it real

  • HEHATEME

    I hope the give Big Z a standing ovation. He gave them most of his career.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negative Kreep

    @Eric, So far as i predicted LeBron has not responded well to the hate. Just doesn’t have the mental fortitude . Some guys like Kobe actually feed off of the stuff well, LeBron’s not one of em’. He’s not a villain. He’s a poster boy. So save it with the racist BS, cause we all know what’s going to happen if the heat lose in Cleveland. MEEEEEEEEEEELTDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWN!!!!

  • riggs

    cryveland? really?

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I hope D Wade dunks on Vagina again

  • arjae828

    how bout they just not serve alcohol for this game?

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I wonder if Homo Williams is over his man crush with Lebron, it would be kinda weird if they dap each other up at center court Mo Williams goes into a slow cry

  • Oli

    COME WITH AN ANTI-LEBRON-SHIRT AND GET A CAVS SHIRT FOR FREE!!!

  • dave19

    eric, have some respect for other people and watch your mouth man…

    Even in sports there are lines you don’t cross. You just called myself, my family, and everyone I knew growing up ‘white trash.’

    You realize if you said that around me in person… well, just think about that.

  • http://yahoo.com Eboy

    Dont worry guys im going to be one of the under cops and im going to shoot THE KING bt accident.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    My poo packed butt crack smells like food who wants turkey?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Not a huge LeBron fan but I sooo wish he turns his swag on, drops 50 and dunks on Varajeo.

  • The Philosopher 2.0

    LONG.LIVE.THE.KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Philosopher

    ^^You love my style.
    You even named yourself after me.
    The Philosopher Jr.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron needs 50 Cent security, maybe he will play with a bulletproof vest. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Lebron should just go out into the middle of the court and take a HUGE sh!t on the Cavs logo. I would love him forever if he did that. I wonder if he will be having fun this game even if he has to play 44+ minutes. Only time will tell.

  • the truth

    lmao ^

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Cavs fans should get over it.

  • Jose

    Big Z Should Do the Chalk Toss…I feel like Z would also try to step in if anything went down with LBJ. Dude’s a good guy like that

  • Big John

    It amazes me the comments made by people who don’t know a damn thing about Cleveland yet insist that we Clevelanders should “just get over it”. To you outsiders, GO TO HELL! It’s not that he left Cleveland, It’s HOW he pulled that BS off. He went on national TV and embarrassed the hell out of us and stabbed us in the back, LeBenedict Arnold basically said, “Cleveland F U! And we don’t have the right to be pissed? PLEASE!

  • http://masterx1983@hotmail.com marchalmadness

    @big john,
    get over it, he made the best decision for him and his family. It’s JUST sport. Not like he killed somebody….

  • michael

    big john, grow a pair man….u must have soemthing else in your life worth whining about.

    be glad you had him for 7 years

  • ML4

    Im with Cleveland – Lebron was a hero in Cleveland and could have become a God. His nationally televised rejection of them should make him hang his head in shame. I hope Cleveland boos him out of the arena as the Cavs destroy the heat.

  • JalepinoSausage

    @ ML4 – HA HA HA !!! His nationally televised rejection ?! More like his Decision to go to a place where he can be treated (realisticly) like a player not a god + have better future prospects around better players. I like your little fantasy but i hope it goes like BETCATS put it. Bring a giant POOPA SCOOPA coz theres gonna be alot of cleaning up to do. ish ! I can just picture it ML4 & his homies standing outside the arena shouting’ WERE GONNA HAVE LYNCHIN’ 2 NITE !!

  • ace

    I would like to get an answer from “The King” why he laid down against the Celtics in his last two games in Cleveland for the title race? It was like watching a boxer taking an obvious dive. Lebron had two chances to win a title for the Cavs and failed both times. He is all flash but doesn’t have the heart to bring it home. He is also very immature and desperately in need of a male role model who will actually teach this kid what a gentleman is, and how to conduct oneself in the public eye, and life in general. LOSER.

  • D-Mack

    @Ace you’ll get your answer when Lebron James starts caring about what people like you think.

    People should really stop living their lives through athletes

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