News

Ohio forgives LeBron for leaving

Ohio forgives LeBron for leaving

WELCOME HOME: LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers plays with a basketball during a promotional event at a store in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, July 22. Photo: Reuters/Alex Lee

By Kim Palmer

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – All, or almost all, is forgiven in Ohio when it comes to LeBron James, who in July returned to the Cleveland team he fled as a free agent in 2010, a poll released on Monday found.

Ohio adults by a 62 percent to 12 percent margin said they forgive James, who was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers from an Akron high school in 2003, but left for Miami in 2010, the Quinnipiac University poll said.

“‘Come back, LeBron. All is forgiven.’ That’s the message from six out of 10 Ohioans on the return of LeBron James,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

WELCOME BACK: LeBron sends his neighbors cupcakes | Ohio lawmakers wants LeBron license plate

Twenty-six percent of respondents said they hadn’t heard enough to form an opinion or declined to answer the question.

Many fans in Cleveland, a working-class city on the southern shore of Lake Erie, burned their James jerseys in anger when he left his home state for Miami four years ago.

James, 29, said in July he would return to the Cavaliers with the goal of bringing an NBA championship to Cleveland. The Miami Heat won two NBA championships in his four seasons there.

Forty-one percent said James was worth his multimillion dollar salary and 36 percent said the Cavaliers paid too much for his return, the poll found. Another 23 percent said they did not know or declined to answer.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,539 Ohio adults from July 24 to July 28. The poll had a 2.5 percentage point margin of error.

(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by David Bailey)

Latest Stories

in Local, Local Sports, Sports, UVA, UVA Sports

UVA Clinches ACC Series With Notre Dame

baseball bat

The UVA baseball team swept a Saturday double-header with Notre Dame 9-1 and 4-2.

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

rainman

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

in National

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.