One of the most interesting debates in sports debuts today: Who is the most hated man in Cleveland? LeBron James or Art Modell? Modell, now 85, doesn’t think there is any debate at all.
"Do I think LeBron James as he leaves Cleveland will become the most hated man in Cleveland, more hated than Art Modell?" Modell said to the News Herald of Northern Ohio from his home in Baltimore. "Nonsense. Nonsense. I don't think there's any basis for it.
"Maybe we can each take 10 foul shots. Whoever comes in second would be the most hated. I'm being sarcastic."
In the big picture, Modell is probably right. He took an entire franchise from the town. But today – Friday, July 9 – no one is more despised in the ultimate swing state than James.
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