I think LeBron James lost a lot of fans on Thursday, and not just in Cleveland. By holding a prime-time news conference to announce to the world that the City of Cleveland was losing one the best athletes in professional sports, LeBron showed all the qualities we suspect our favorite athletes possess but hope they do not.
LeBron showed the entire world that he has an enormous ego, he cares about himself first and all others second, and that the game of basketball is just that to him, a game.
He has displayed a selfishness that was missing during the Super Bowl coverage of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, or of Albert Pujols and what he means to the City of St. Louis, or even of Joe Mauer, the local boy turned good in Minnesota, choosing to sign a contract extension and remain with the Twins even though he could have made more money elsewhere.
LeBron said on Thursday night that this decision is all about winning. That is untrue; while winning may be a part of it, this is really all about LeBron.
For the City of Cleveland, it's just another day.