Remember when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer? Sure you do. Jerseys were burned, billboards were posted and numerous blog posts were written scolding James for leaving not just the only NBA franchise he’d ever known, but also for turning his back on his kind-of hometown. In June of this year, he was Ohio’s favorite son, but by July he was public enemy No. 1. (Go ahead and use that as a rap lyric, aspiring mixtapists.)
While it might seem like that happened just yesterday, it’s really been more than three months since LeBron ripped Cleveland’s heart out. According to him, that’s more than enough time to move on.
James said Thursday he can relate to why many fans, especially from his home state, continue to be angry at him. But he also said people upset with his decision to sign with the Heat need to move on.
“If I was a fan and I was on the outside looking in, I could be upset a little bit if one of my favorite players left,” James said. “Or if I felt like he betrayed us or whatever the case may be. But you have to get over it.”
Yeah, “get over it,” Cavs fans. LeBron James says you should, so do it. It has been more than a quarter of a year, you sissies. Just like when you get out of a seven year romantic relationship, you need to start dating other people right away. Take your mind off things.
Of course, despite literally saying “get over it,” LeBron says that he never told Cavs fans to get over it.
James later tweeted that he was not speaking specifically to Cavaliers’ fans: “Let’s clear this up! I never said to the Cavs fans to ‘get over it.’ I’ve never and will never say anything bad about them. 7 years of joy!”
Oh, never mind then. LeBron’s not saying that Clevelanders, specifically, need to get over it. He’s just saying that fans of any team in general who may have lost a superstar and then got mad need to get over it. It could be anyone, really. He’s just talking as an impartial observer, trying to help out.
Obviously LeBron isn’t going to say anything bad about Cleveland fans because he’s not an idiot. That’d be very, very bad for business. However, even if he’d argue that he’s not talking straight to Cavs backers, it seems like he still thinks all should be forgiven and he did say the words “get over it.” That’s not going to play well no matter what the intention. Kind of a whoopsies right there.
But really, if Cavs fans would just move on from LeBron James, they wouldn’t even care what he said.
Suck it up, Cleveland.