Kasich unloads on LeBron, declares Mavericks 'honorary Ohioans'
June 13th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Kasich unloads on LeBron, declares Mavericks 'honorary Ohioans'

(CNN) - In a declaration laden with veiled jabs at NBA all star LeBron James, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday declared the Dallas Mavericks honorary Ohioans.

The move came less than 24 hours after the Mavericks defeated James and the Miami Heat in game six of the NBA Finals to win their first ever NBA championship.

"Whereas, NBA Finals [MVP] Dirk Nowitzki chose to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2010, forgoing free agency and keeping his talents in Dallas, remaining loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career," the declaration reads in part.

James played his first seven NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before announcing last July in a highly publicized prime time television special that he would leave Cleveland to team up with a spate of other all-star players in Miami.

The move instantly soured James' relationship with Cavaliers fans and pretty much everyone else in Ohio.

"Whereas, the proud city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio share in the excitement of the Dallas Mavericks fans everywhere," Kasich's declaration added.

No word yet on how the Mavericks players and fans will take advantage of all of the "privileges and honors" that come with their new honorary citizenship.

Filed under: John Kasich • Ohio
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    She took you for a ride in the divorce, eh Marcelo?

    June 13, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. edvhou812

    You all need to chill. Doesn't take a Governor five minutes to type an email to a low-level staffer, have the staff make the certificate, and then for the Governor to sign it. Some of you make it sound like a Governor invested an entire day and tons of thought into the thing.

    June 13, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. The Rave

    Privileges and honors??? Hmmmm.

    June 13, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Bob

    Please, please, please don't equate the people of Ohio with it's governor! Okay, maybe we elected him but, hopefully, we Ohioans see the error of our ways and will correct our mistake in the next governor's election.

    June 13, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Beverly

    You are so worry about Lebron James losing the title in the NBA Finals instead of creating jobs, stop the rampant crimes happening in the Cleveland area and what about people losing their homes to foreclosures. You are a disgrace to the people of Ohio and the United States.

    June 13, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Ferret out the B.S.

    Grow up and get ovet it you moron! Players change teams, owners change players its the way things work.

    June 13, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Show me the jobs!

    Ohio is home, I grew up there and lately it's been hard to stick up for with this whiny b*tches in Cleveland. Newsflash: of Ohioans wanted him to leave 2 and 3 years ago. We have education issues out the whazoo and our "leader" has the stones to pull this crap! WOW come on Ohio we're better than this! Aren't we?!?!

    June 13, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. wishing

    Kind of funny.

    June 13, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Who Cares

    You people need to lighten up! It's entertainment at its best!

    June 13, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Bum 1030

    And people still question why Lebron left Ohio?

    Is this guy for real, no wonder the country is the way it is, all we have is a bunch of haters, losers and definitely classless human beings in this country....

    June 13, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Embarrassed Ohioan

    I am embarrassed to be an Ohioan, with an idiot for a Governor. This guy sounds like a 4 year old..."you left us Lebron, so take this." What Governor does this? Oh yeah...ours. SMH.

    June 13, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. NE PATS

    Tomorrow is Lebron James day, everyone gets to leave work 12 minutes early.

    June 13, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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