Ohio's Lebron James Obsession
MoJo human rights reporter Mac McClelland is in Ohio this month covering labor issues. That's good, because the Ohio media is way more focused on Lebron James. It's been nearly a year since James made his now-infamous Decision on national TV, yet Ohio continues to simmer over James' move to Miami. Even the President has noticed: Before a June 7 interview with a Cleveland area news station, Obama asked the reporter, "Is Cleveland still rooting against [the Miami Heat]?"
I've also taken notice of the city's undying hatred of James. After James left Cleveland, fans filled the street, burning jerseys, and an enormous Nike mural featuring James was immediately removed. A search for "Lebron James" on the website of The Plain Dealer (the local daily) yields a surprisingly large number of recent stories about James, even though he's been playing for a different team all season. A Facebook group titled "Fuck You, Lebron James. Sincerely, the state of Ohio" has more than 26,000 members and still gets anti-James comments. Twitterer "CavsforMavs" (a reference to the Heat’s opponents in the finals), gained 6,000 followers in a little over a week with his motto: "Defeat. Pure. Evil."