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They’re taking the jerseys off their backs for LeBron
James. Then tossing them away — for a good cause.
Stung by the NBA superstar’s decision to leave Cleveland and play for Miami, Cavaliers fans have been unloading their unwanted No. 23 jerseys, T-shirts and other clothing items bearing James’ name at locations around the city. Organizers are shipping the discarded James gear to homeless shelters in South Florida.
“It’s like any breakup,” said Beau Miller, who began the campaign with three friends. “You want to give all your stuff back.”
Miller said he and his friends wanted to turn a negative situation into a positive and that the response has been “extraordinary.”
“We wanted something good to come out of this,” he said. “We didn’t want another ‘I hate LeBron’ campaign. There’s enough of that going around.”
Christina Weiner holds the T-shirt being exchanged for turned-in LeBron James clothing at her restaurant in Beachwood, Ohio. The James jerseys will go to homeless shelters in South Florida.