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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

With the Yankees Out, LeBron Reps Cleveland in China

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM

"I've loved the Blackhawks since I was a kid. Really, I love Arena Football!"
So the Cavs are in China playing some worthless exhibition games, killing their endurance for the beginning of the season, and, with Damon Jones' face on billboards over there, creating the very real chance that Jones just says, Fuck it, I'm staying over here where I'm appreciated. But that's another topic. What’s notable about this trip is that Bron Bron was spotted wearing an Indians hat while speaking to reporters. This is, of course, on the heels of the crap LeBron (rightfully) took for wearing a Yankees hat during the ALDS at Jacobs Field. Did LeBron have a change of heart? Is he a hat whore? Is he a front-runner? Who the hell knows? The dreaded New York Yankees have had plenty of celebrities don their head gear because … well, I can’t think of a good reason, but they do it anyway. Hillary Clinton, a Chi-town native, has worn it, and Tom Brady, New England’s wet dream, shocked everyone by putting on enemy attire too. Hell, even CC Sabathia put a Yanks cap on waaayyy back in the day (let’s not even talk about that). It could be a style thing. Yankees hats are considered stylish, and LeBron’s a big fashion guy. This pic of him wearing a Chicago Blackhawks hat clearly shows his keen eye for looking suave. I mean, could you find a better looking hat to go with that shirt? LeBron claims to have been a Yankees fan since childhood. This still doesn’t make it right. You live in Cleveland. If Braylon Edwards, a Michigan grad, can do the O-H-I-O during “Hang On Sloopy," you can put on Chief Wahoo. But maybe this proves he is a true Yankees fan. Since they lost to the Tribe and we're playing the Red Sox, every Yankees fan is rooting for us to be the snot out of Big Papi, Manram, and the rest of these unruly bastards. So perhaps he’s just putting the Tribe hat on in solidarity with his Yankee brethren, hoping for the demise of their hated rivals. Another possibility: His handlers and PR people realized how much he pissed off Cleveland and told him to immediately put on some Indians gear to try and make things right. After all, LeBron’s in the business of making money. He’s a global icon with aspirations of becoming the richest man in the world, and you don't accomplish that by pissing off the people who wear your hat. So maybe he's trying to win us back. It's probably not necessary; when he crams on Teyshaun Prince's face this season, all will be forgotten. (With this said, it would help break the tension between LeBron and his fans if the Cavs would hold a good-natured Yankees-hat-burning ceremony on November 2, the day after the Tribe wins the world series, and the night the Cavs host the Knicks at the Q. Bring a Yanks hat, toss it on the fire! Guaranteed sell-out). More likely, though, LeBron's flip-flopping has nothing to do with any of this. More likely, LeBorn rocked the Yankees hat, is now rocking the Tribe hat, and will one day rock a [insert random but successful team here] hat because LeBron is a 22-year-old gazillionare, and 22-year-old gazillionares tend to do whatever the hell they want, no matter who it pisses off. That's what PR guys are for, right? -- Vince Grzegorek

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