Dan Gilbert's Letter to Cavs Fans

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Wow. Check out Dan Gilbert’s letter to Cleveland fans.

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south.

And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

dan gilbert letter

Dan Gilbert

Majority Owner

Cleveland Cavaliers

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles
  • Jason V.

    This letter is a prime example of how sports has taken an unforgiving turn for the worse. LaBron has given so much of himself to the city of Cleveland and now after he tells the world that he is playing for the Heat, he takes just as much. I don’t understand. He brough Cleveland more joy then they have ever felt and then they stab him in the back. How Pathetic is that, especially coming from the owner. Grow up Dan Gilbert! We all know this is a business. Sincerely Jason V. Lima, Ohio.

  • Joe Donatelli

    I like the letter. So nice to see an owner have an actual, human reaction, and not hide behind PR people and bland corporate-speak. Was it the best idea in the world? Probably not. But the guy just guaranteed that a lot of people will remain Cavs fans in the near future. A brilliant move.

  • Stephanie

    I agree, Joe. Dan Gilbert has Cleveland fans’ backs. He was expressing what all of us, Clevelanders felt at that time. Yes, it was harsh, but it needed to be said. We’re all tired of getting slapped in the face. We ramain fans through thick and thin. Just when will it be our turn to show the nation that Cleveland is a great sports town that is ready and willing to compete?


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