Found June 21, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
As Twitter smackdowns go, it was pretty significant. One ex-Brown taking on a present player, and handling things more than well. The present player: Wide receiver Josh Gordon, who during the NBA playoffs and especially the past few days has sounded the trumpet in favor of LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It seemed that Gordon enjoyed antagonizing Cleveland fans who are well not fond of James. To the point that he posted this on Twitter after Miami won its second title in a row Thursday night:Y'all can find me atvthe champions parade on the winners float.. sorry Josh Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) June 21, 2013Gordon had previously posted that the haters (were) creeping back onto the couches now. Cleveland fans responded angrily that Gordon was poking at them while a member of the Cleveland Browns. While some said Gordon could root for whomever he wants, others were irate at Gordons taunt. Worse, hes suspended the first two games of the season and playing without pay for two more for violating the leagues substance abuse program. He blamed it on codeine, but hed had at least three failed tests for marijuana in college. Gordon was joined by Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who supported James and said: Same people hating @KingJames now be the first to buy a jersey if he comes back. Saying I knew my Homei was coming back!! And: Just because I play in Cleveland doenst mean I gotta hate who yall hate! Get out of hear (sic) wit the hating. Imma still sleep good tonight. Before signing off, Taylor added he still loved Cleveland.Goodnight! Imma still love Cleveland when I wake up. GoBrowns Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor98) June 21, 2013Whether its just guys stating their feelings, antagonistic, silly or immature might depend on point of view. Athletes clearly look at James differently than fans. Athletes always support the right of others to change teams, and to go for the money. But to get to Gordons point of taunting about riding in the Heats parade clearly set some people off. And LeCharles Bentley, ever the mans man, responded with a series of Tweets that showed his disdain and anger -- and will no doubt gain him many more admirers in the Cleveland area. The first stated:Not a good look bro, @JOSH_GORDONXII riding shotgun with champions when your team sucks makes you a scrub. I'm done... DamnKids LeCharles Bentley (@LeCharlesBent65) June 21, 2013But he wasnt done.Don't care who guys cheer for, that's their right. But when you're suspended and swinging from the nimrods of champions... Where is that ok? LeCharles Bentley (@LeCharlesBent65) June 21, 2013And:YOU'RE suspended, YOU let YOUR team down but it's a priority to party with guys WAY out of your tax bracket... Choices LeCharles Bentley (@LeCharlesBent65) June 21, 2013And: Id cut you, resign you, cut you again, resign you, then bench you. Rid on that float Attached was a photo of child actor Gary Coleman. And finally: Let me stop before I start cussing. Just a shame this is ok among those that pee standing up. Stand on your merit as an athleteman At this point, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
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