LeBron Takes Out Full-Page Newspaper Ad to Thank Fans … in Akron

No mention of Cleveland by James in Beacon-Journal

LeBron James took out a full-page ad in Ohio’s Akron Beacon-Journal on Tuesday to thank family and friends in his hometown for their support.

Tellingly, James did not mention Cleveland, the city where James played professional basketball before announcing last month he would "take [his] talents to South Beach” — setting off a backlash that included a scathing open letter penned by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

Here’s the text of James’ ad:

To My Family, Friends and Fans in Akron:

For all my life, I have lived in Akron — and for that, I am truly a lucky man.

It was here where I first learned how to play basketball, and where I met the people who would become my lifelong friends and mentors. Their guidance, encouragement and support will always be with me.

Akron is my home, and the central focus of my life. It's where I started, and it's where I will always come back to. You can be sure that I will continue to do everything I can for this city, which is so important to my family and me. Thank you for your love and support. You mean everything to me.


Thankfully, LeBron did not choose Comic Sans font.