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Modell says he's still more hated than LeBron

Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:21 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 11:54 am

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.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:32 pm

Modell says he's still more hated than LeBron

What Modell did to Cleveland was and will continue to be the most awful sports happening in the history of Cleveland (with the exception of the death of Ray Chapman and the ball that hit Herb Score between the eyes).  What LeBron did was just a stupid, uneducated man child of 25 acting like a stupid, uneducated man child of 25.  What Modell did was betray the very people and community that made him personally and professionally.  Without us, he would have been nothing.  Remember, when he agreed to buy the Browns, he had no money--it was all ultimately borrowed.  Our community's commitment to the Browns made it possible for him to pay back his loans, make profits, and become a community leader.  He spent himself into a hole because of poor business decisions he personally made because he never hired football professional to run the team!

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