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It’s bad enough reading anything in Comic Sans. It’s even worse when you’re reading a letter that totally disparages you.

That’s what happened to LeBron James when he left Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert responded by publishing such a letter to the team website. Upon his return, James simply told that he and Gilbert “talked it out.”

In the ESPN’s debut episode of “The Shop,” LeBron went into more depth on how deeply Gilbert’s letter hurt him and how torn his family was about coming back to Cleveland in 2014.

“He completely bashed me and disrespected not only me as an individual, but he disrespected my name. And my name is not just myself. It’s my wife, my kids, my grandfather. You know what I’m saying? My mother, so many more people.”

James then spoke about why he was able to put the letter in the past when he returned to the Cavs four years later:

“It’s more of a bigger picture of all these kids, all these people that need inspiration, need a way to get out. And I believe I’m that way out. And so I had to be like, as much as my mom means everything and my wife mean everything and my kids … I had to be like, let’s not worry about the small [expletive], let’s worry about us trying to build something that’s bigger.”

In the end, I’m sure both parties were happy with the reunion in Cleveland as James delivered the city’s first professional sports championship in 52 years last season by stunning the Warriors.

Here’s the full episode with LeBron, Draymond Green and 2 Chainz:


About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.