As LeBron James prepares to head to Brazil to watch the World Cup finale in person, Chris Broussard is reporting that Dan Gilbert’s scathing letter from four-years ago could prevent Akron’s prodigal son from returning home.
According to Broussard, Gilbert’s letter is believed to be the reason James has been unable to make a decision about where he wants to play.
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.”
The letter remained on the Cavs’ website for the past four years until the team removed it earlier this week.
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.’
Whether or not James and Gilbert have ever been able to speak and hash out those differences remains an unknown to most. What we do know is that James has gone from a lock to return to the Cavs, to possibly breaking the hearts of Cleveland fans for a second time.