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“The Whore Of Akron” Is An Interesting Title For A Book About LeBron James


One year ago today, LeBron James made the nationally-televised Decision to leave Cleveland for South Beach. As you may have heard by now, this did not go over well.

Although it can be argued that James made the right choice in leaving the Cavaliers and their anemic supporting cast to play alongside two All-Stars for the next ten years, it’s universally agreed-upon that he went about announcing his choice terribly. When ESPN announced that it was making the decision into The Decision, many thought that there’s no way he’d tell the world that he was plunging a knife into the heart of an entire state on TV. He was Ohio, and if he left in primetime, on a stage with cameras pointing at him, that image would be seared into the minds of America for years. But that’s exactly what he did.

And, man, were Ohioans pissed. Remember the jersey burnings? The front pages? The reception LeBron got when he came back to Quicken Loans Arena? We had never seen one place hate another human being like that, ever, because he chose another team over theirs. But this went beyond a free agent spurning the city he played for; this was a flat-out betrayal that brought back years of Cleveland sports insecurity. He chose them over us. On national TV. And he’s from here.

Scott Raab is a very good writer for Esquire, and he’s also from Cleveland. In a year that was full of sportswriters publishing pretty angry things about LeBron, Raab published the best angriest things. One piece in particular, in which Raab called LeBron the “whore of Akron,” was dripping with Raab’s signature LeBron hate, which SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp once described as “a glorious spectacle of bile, sneering, and deep, vigilant loathing.” Raab’s piece was so biting, in fact, that the Miami Heat barred him from their arena. He was not welcome there anymore, they told him. This made Raab angrier.

Now he’s publishing a book, due out in November. Can you guess what it’s called?

So, do you think Scott Raab finds LeBron’s soul? My guess is no.



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