Dan Gilbert Backtracks on Spilling LeBron Dirt

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All heart, that Dan Gilbert.
  • All heart, that Dan Gilbert.

When Dan Gilbert fired off his scathing and passionate open letter to Cleveland following LeBron's decision, there was one section in particular that had people talking.

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.

Cavs fans — jilted, hurt, and confused — wanted the dirt and it looked like Dan Gilbert was ready to spill it. Cleveland wanted to know every bad thing LeBron ever did while in Cleveland, as if the revelation that he was an asshole would make the sting hurt any less. And Cavs fans did get some of that dirt, mainly from Yahoo! reports about LeBron's less than stellar status among Team USA executives, but where was the motherload that Gilbert had promised?

In an interview with the PD today, Dan Gilbert was asked about those revelations he alluded to in his letter and why they never came from the Cavs' owner. Here's what he had to say:


“Partially, what I was talking about or referring to was information and accounts of what actually did come out in the subsequent days and weeks to that evening: The process that they were conducting, how it was conducted, when the Cavaliers were notified and who notified us from their camp, their choice not to respond to numerous attempts we made to communicate with nearly everyone on their front, in the week or so prior to that day, and the like. ...

"And sure, many things occurred from the last five years that in a moment of high emotions you feel you want the world to know, but, in reflection, when stepping back, realize that the best position to take on all of this is to focus all of our time and energy on the present and future success of the Cleveland Cavaliers, which we are more excited about than we ever have been. The environment today is extremely positive and the team first atmosphere is as productive and more conducive to the culture that produces long-term winning than at any previous time during our five-plus years in Cleveland. This franchise has moved on.”

Sounds reasonable enough but tough to believe him until he stops tweeting vague insults that are vaguely but definitely about LeBron.

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