Dan Gilbert Rumors
The Cavs’ lease with Quicken Loans Arena was extended to the year 2034 as part of a $140 million renovation ongoing now. A spokesman for Gilbert said it was the organization’s responsibility to be on the lookout for innovation, and that Gilbert was not planning to build a new arena at this time.
Did you feel like Dan Gilbert’s letter was racial? “Um, I did. I did. It was another conversation I had to have with my kids. It was unfortunate, because I believed in my heart that I had gave that city and that owner, at that point in time, everything that I had. Unfortunately, I felt like, at that point in time, as an organization, we could not bring in enough talent to help us get to what my vision was. A lot of people say they want to win, but they really don’t know how hard it takes, or a lot of people don’t have the vision. So, you know, I don’t really like to go back on that letter, but it pops in my head a few times here, a few times there. I mean, it’s just human nature. I think that had a lot to do with race at that time, too, and that was another opportunity for me to kind of just sit back and say, ‘Okay, well, how can we get better? How can we get better? How can I get better?’ And if it happens again, then you’re able to have an even more positive outlook on it.”
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said he got a lot of racist voicemails after star player LeBron James called President Trump a “bum” on Twitter. Gilbert said the voicemails were some of the “most vile, disgusting, racist” things “I’ve ever heard people say.”
Gilbert said that the voicemails he got didn’t address what Trump had done or what James was responding to. “It wasn’t even about the issue. That’s what really got me. They went to who they really are, some of them,” Gilbert said. “There’s an element of racism in this country that I didn’t realize existed.”