Jesse Jackson: The Cavs' owner views LeBron James as a "runaway slave" or something

Let’s see: How can we make LeBron’s split from Cleveland even more painful and acrimonious? I know — let’s get a notorious media whore to needlessly inject racial demagoguery into it.

Unsurprisingly, Jackson found a way to invoke slavery into the debate, something that seems a little…much, considering he’s talking about basketball. But why should that stop him from incendiary comments?

“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave/master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner/employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

No, I’d say his feelings of betrayal personify the mentality of a Cavaliers fan forced to suddenly face the fact that neither loyalty to his home state nor the prospect of earning millions more than he would with Miami nor the hard, cold reality that he was the only good thing to happen to Cleveland in decades wasn’t enough to keep James a Cav. But then, I don’t make my living accusing people of racism.

Here he is on tonight’s Ed Schultz, segueing from the slave/master nonsense into a semi-coherent indictment of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for accusing James of having quit on the team repeatedly in the playoffs. Which, in fairness, is a serious charge — and really, the only game where anyone thought LeBron quit was Game 5. Exit question: Er, why’d Gilbert still want him on the team, then?