Report: LeBron James Still Bothered By Dan Gilbert’s 2010 Letter

The Cleveland Cavaliers have done just about everything humanly possible to appease LeBron James this summer.

With a major free agency decision looming, the team owner’s foolishness from four years ago could come back and still haunt them.

Dan Gilbert’s infamous screed—finally removed just this week by the Cavs—is something that’s reportedly still bugging LeBron.


One reason, if not the major reason, that LeBron James has taken so long to decide whether to play in Miami or Cleveland next season is the infamous letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert penned about James after the superstar left Cleveland in 2010, sources said.


In the letter, written in Comic Sans font, Gilbert called James a “coward” and mocked the many nicknames and catchphrases attached to James, such as “King James,” “The Chosen One” and “Witness.”


While James recognizes that informing Cavs fans and Gilbert, who was told of James’ decision to leave Cleveland in a telephone call five minutes before it was announced, on national television was a mistake, he is still wrestling with whether or not to return to play for Gilbert’s team. […] “If it wasn’t for that letter, this would’ve been done awhile ago,” one source said.