If you thought Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was done after he wrote an angry open letter to fans and called LeBron James a quitter in an interview with the Associated Press, think again.
Gilbert is also the owner of Fathead, the maker of large, full-color wall graphics depicting various professional athletes. Today, the New York Daily News reported that Fathead reduced the price of LeBron James’s Fathead to $17.41, a reference to the birth year of Benedict Arnold.
What’s the significance of $17.41? One of the most notorious traitors in American history, Benedict Arnold, was born in 1741. Arnold was a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, but joined the British Army in 1780.
LeBron, after spending seven years playing for his hometown team, announced on live television Thursday night that he was leaving for the Heat, to form a “dream team” with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. This sparked reactions of anger and disappointment in Cleveland that probably rivaled their colonial counterparts.