CLEVE­LAND fANS DUMp­INg jAMES gEAR

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

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.”

Amy Sancetta

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.

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