One Miami sports journalist recently tried to poke fun at LeBron James in a full-page ad, but two Ohio newspapers said no.
Sports Illustrated reported that Dan LeBatard, an ESPN Radio host, said he wanted to take out an ad with the words "You're Welcome, Lebron" and "Sincerely, Miami Heat Fans." LeBatard complained that James has yet to thank his Miami supporters since announcing that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.The radio show called the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon-Journal to inquire about placing a full-page ad, but both newspapers said that they declined. This is what the ad might have looked like, according to one Twitter user's mock-up:
I would pay for this.... pic.twitter.com/bnHCguU3G4
— BANDWAGON HEAT LIFER (@itsleooo) July 29, 2014
LeBatard later released a statement saying that the idea was just a "shameless attention grab."
The Plain Dealer, of course, is the same newspaper that celebrated James' return to Cleveland with this front page.