LeBron James may have taken his talents from Ohio to Miami a few years ago, but he will always be a Buckeye in some way.
Despite the fact that King James never actually attended Ohio State, he has very publicly become one of the faces of the Buckeye Nation fanbase. Recently, LeBron was seen prowling the sidelines at the football game versus Wisconsin, spoke to the team and fans at the pregame pep rally (deemed the Skull Session in Columbus) and even showed up court side to support the basketball Buckeyes in a showdown with Duke a couple of years ago
When most people think of James, they think of back-to-back championships, Olympic gold medals and overall greatness (unless you are Skip Bayless, then the dart board you have of LeBron’s face comes to mind). However, there are still plenty of Ohio sports fans that painfully remember “the decision” and its aftermath.
While the level of disdain has died down in the years since the decision, there is still some animosity left in the hearts of some Clevelanders when it comes to the King. Many of these same Cleveland sports fans are Buckeye supporters, students or alumni. That puts them in somewhat of an awkward situation when it comes to James’ involvement with the athletic department.
At that very same Skull Session this past week it was mostly cheers that greeted James when he took the microphone, but there were certainly some audible booing that occurred. Clearly, not everyone in Ohio is ready to…