Saturday, July 10, 2010

Burning Down the Plantation

By S-Dot for The S-Dot Files

Dan "Massa" Gilbert, "Majority Owner" of the Cleveland Cavs Plantation

Dan Gilbert’s verbal assault and battery against Cleveland’s “former hero” is a sad footnote to the Cinderfella story the Cavs have been selling to fans for years. Touting Lebron as “King James” the franchise painted him as a ballplayer of biblical proportions that was without peer in order to fill the stadium stands. Now since Lebron, like many of us, made a decision to move on his former boss is griping about a damn 2-week notice.

Let’s keep it 100, how many employers give their employees 2-week notices?

You can come in on Monday and find out that “your position has been downsized” and “security will give you 10 minutes to clean out your desk and then escort you to the lobby,” to which most employees are expected to accept and do that sort of treatment.

As a working man who doesn’t make millions of dollars I personally was overjoyed to see a “worker” stick it the “owners” for once.

F*ck Dan Gilbert!

There I said it. I double dare you to ask me to take it back too. In fact, let me say it again in case you might think that was a typo, “F*ck Dan Gilbert!

He can cry until his eyes are red for all I care. Lebron, like most people that “work” for someone else made a decision to move onto the next-level of opportunities. He’s not a slave that has to stay tied to a plantation that obviously is very ungrateful as Dan Gilbert’s 429-word diatribe bemoans. Get over your damn self already Dan.

He began a media rant with, ““He has gotten a free pass” as if he’s Abraham Lincoln. Imagine that. Gilbert went on and told the Associate Press, “…It's not about him leaving. It's the disrespect. It's time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I've been holding this all in for a long time.’’ Hmm, “Is this the way you raise your children?” WTF! Dan Gilbert now sees himself in a fatherhood role because he took the slave out of the ghetto apparently.

The big crying fit seems to be about James and Dwayne Wade being in their prime and poised to dominate the courts for the next few seasons. Around my way we have an expression that is applicable here, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

Anyone that’s ever wanted to fire their boss is likely inspired by Lebron’s bold move to leave the Cavs plantation for the beautiful landscape of South Beach.

He guarantees that “he” will deliver a ring to the city as if he actually has any athletic ability. This is clearly a display of arrogance believing that his money can buy what should and must be ordained by the Most High. He willfully placed himself in the position of “Provider” because he thinks he can use his riches to control people and purchase treasures.

To burn a man’s jersey symbolically speaks of a desire to destroy him with vengeance. That’s pride. To arrogantly suggest that he should be banned from the city is jealousy. A true leader serves the people that follow them by exemplifying an example of service to the greater common good.

And's Massa Dan's letter:

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted this letter on after LeBron James decided he was leaving for the Miami Heat.

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 (“this n*gg* is crazy”), 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 (kiss ups), loyal (controlled), and driven staff (slaves) 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.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


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
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

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