May 15th, 2010
04:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Brown, Strickland make push for LeBron to stay

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland are among those pleading with LeBron James to remain a Cleveland Cavelier.'"](CNN) – Fans of nearly every NBA team would love to see Cleveland Cavalier great LeBron James in their uniform next year, but Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Gov. Ted Strickland are trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.

The two politicians, along with a handful of other Ohio celebrities, star in a new web video imploring the NBA MVP to remain in Cleveland.

The video, a parody of the 1985 charity single “We Are the World,” features Brown and Strickland, among others, belting such lyrics as “Please stay LeBron, We really need you. No bigger market's gonna love you half as much as we do.”

Related: LeBron's future

Full lyrics after the jump

Please stay LeBron, we really need you.

There comes a time, when a decision must be made Will the King, move on or will he stay?

We're helplessly waiting, as we hold our breath in fear. Should we renew, our tickets for next year?

Please stay LeBron, We really need you No bigger market's gonna love you half as much as we do. It's a choice you're making, will you go or will you stay....

What will we do with that big sign, if you move away? Just tell us King, what changes we must make, We'll rename every street 'LeBron' if that's what it takes.... New York's overcrowded, Those people are unbearable, And don't forget, the Knicks and Nets are terrible....

Please stay LeBron, we really need you, No bigger market's gonna love you half as much as we do...

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soundoff (23 Responses)

    STUPID! LeBron can't play; so let him go!!!

    May 15, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. mike

    Cleveland is a dump. Ohio is a dump. So its only fitting that Lebron stays there. LOOOOOOOOOSER!

    May 15, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Zulu

    Lebron is coming to Orlando Magic next year if he really wants an NBA Championship, the best logical thing to do is to team up with Dwight Howard:)

    May 15, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Dale

    In our country, it's become all about money and we're left to root for jersy numbers, not individuals. Whoever inherits LeBron will suddnenly have fans who once booed him, now embracing him as their star while once loyal Cleveland fans will be booing and hating him.
    When will we stop allowing greed and money to make decisions for us we shouldn't and allow traits like loyalty and common sense prevail? LeBron will be even much richer than he already is and Cleveland, who is guilty of buying him for so much money will be left broken.
    Only in America.

    May 15, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Y J

    This is so silly!!

    May 15, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Tony, Buffalo, NY

    Please stay LEBRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    This is great !! Love the positive message and sense of humor. !!

    At least THEY aren't going around creating imaginary paranoid-like boogey-men like the Greedy Obstructionist Purificationists.

    Keep up the fun, guys.


    May 15, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. rodney

    MISSING PERSON ALERT! LeBron Raymone James, Cleveland,OH – Age 25 D.O.B.12/30/84. Reported missing 5/11/10. Last seen being taken to school by Rajon Rondo. Not heard from since Nike stopped running puppet commercials. Last seen wearing false NBA Crown. James may be in need of medical attention for elbow injury. Any info helping authorities find LeBron or his game, contact 1-800-FAKE-MVP.

    May 15, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Who cares. He just another street B-ball player being way over paid. The last 6 minutes of any basket ball game in the real game anyway.

    May 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    He is one of the most talented athletes in the NBA, but, LeBron did a Sarah Palin impression in games 5 and 6 as he appeared to quit. Are you sure that Cleveland needs a quitter, too?

    May 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Adam

    Politicians need to keep their noses out of sports. Aren't there bigger issues you should be focussing on Mr. Governor and Mr. Senator?

    May 15, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Alex

    Well Lebron,
    If you are all about the money, the checkbook is yours. With that cast of characters rootin for ya, name your price and those guys will surely pay! Now if you want a ring, get the heck out while the gettin is good and find a team that can give you that ring.

    May 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Chris (formally from Ohio)

    Wow, that is pathetic. I can't believe the Governor and others would do something so demeaning for a unworthy athlete. They don't put half as much effort into defending the good people and industries that are closed and moved overseas.

    May 15, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. ntranger

    This is pretty good, but it makes you wonder if these people would go through this much trouble for any of the other players on the team? I'm guessing, probably not.

    May 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Hugo

    It says alot about our society when we pay athletes and movie stars more in one year than an engineer, doctor, teacher or other productive citizen that actually contributes something of meaningful value to society ever makes in their entire working life. You want to make a change for the betterment of our world and society in general, get off your couch, turn off your TV, quit wasting your life watching this dribble and go spend time with your family, teach your kids right from wrong.

    May 15, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. ohioannie

    Oh, I so agree. Please stay, LeBron.

    May 15, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Mike in NYC

    Assuming humanity survives, our descendants will look back in wonder as to how barely literate, one foot on the wrong side of the thin blue line pro-ballers were treated as veritable gods come to earth.

    Sure, you can find individual athletes like James that break the rule by being able to employ words longer than two syllables and refraining from committing felonies, but basketball and football seem to be little more than make work programs for social liabilities.

    And frankly, there's more than a little homoeroticism evident in the adulation of male sports fans. Ugh.

    May 15, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Harry Baxter

    I hope that he stays in Cleveland, especially since my favorite teams have enough trouble beating Cleveland when he's surrounded with a fairly mediocre supporting cast. If he went to the lakers, I'd give up watching basketball!

    May 15, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Patrick Belvin

    This has to be the corniest and funniest videos I have ever seen. Do not know if it will help keep James in Cleveland, but it should warm his heart.

    May 15, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Wow. Embarrassing.

    May 15, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. ib

    more important things to attend to than where some NBA player is going.

    May 15, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. harold

    Sarah Palin seems to think that Freedom is something like having NO Health Insurance for you and your family.... Really.. thats Freedom?... In other words just let the Private Health Insurance.. Government ..govern all they want and do anything they want to do while the 50 million without health isnurance go down the drain or even die....Republicans what kind of Freedom is that?

    May 15, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Don't these guys have any work to do?

    May 15, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |