Scott Raab's anti-LeBron James book draws a load of hate mail

Esquire staffer and native Clevelander Scott Raab didn't ration the venom in his soon-to-be-released anti-LeBron James tome, The Whore of Akron. In an attention-grabbing excerpt published recently, Raab wished a career-ending injury upon the six-foot-eight man-child — and also had choice words for local fans.

A tiny taste: "This is where LeBron James wants to play basketball, in front of sun-dried cretins who must be bribed to act as if they care about the game and the team."

Turns out the best way to bust through South Florida sports fans' apathy — and get them to act really cretinous — is to call them cretins.

"I got a lot of, 'Hey, die in a fire,'" Raab tells Riptide. "I'm not saying I haven't earned it... But I think that it's a little strange that people are taking this stuff that seriously."

Yes, neighbors, judging from the hate mail Raab forwarded New Times, we might have gone a bit overboard. Here's one email from a man named Steven: "Are you the reason your parents got divorced? You wish death on LeBron James? Then I wish death on you. I hope your child gets cancer of the eyes and it's slow and painful."

Then there was a stern lecture from a fellow named Dominic: "You're trying to make money off another man's name? Doesn't that make you a whore as well?"

This missive, from Taylor, was nice and succinct: "I'm a basketball cretin from Miami. I love going to Heat games so I can display my new Nikes and show up in the second quarter. I was just wondering how I can meet Scott Raab. With his permission, I'd love to punch him in the face some time. K?"

But let nobody tell you that Heat fans are incapable of reason. Raab ended up having a civil email exchange with Taylor, and even the momentarily psychotic Steven apologized after we published his screed online.

"It was 2 a.m. [and] I'd been drinking Johnnie Walker Black for 12 hours, trying to wash away the Hurricanes' last-second loss to Virginia Tech," he explained. "My mother is not proud of me, and my girlfriend won't talk to me till I apologize."

 
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Fred
Fred

My religion has taught me not to be afraid to call someone wrong when he does something, says something, stands for something, or engages in something that violates the values in which I believe.

The points I plan to make will sound tediously familiar to everyone who wants to discuss the programmatic foundations of Lebron's footling ruses in detail. Nevertheless, it's unfortunate that he has no real education. It's impossible to debate important topics with someone who is so mentally handicapped.

As this comment draws to a close, I want to challenge you, the reader, to shine a light on Lebron's efforts to apotheosize the most blasphemous agitators you'll ever see. That's what I intend to do until my last breath.

jen
jen

If the hate mail is coming from Miami it's irrelevant. Of course local fans are going to disagree with his comments. Lebron is an asshole and the rest of the country knows this. Whoever this Raab kid is, he has my attention.

Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds

Scott Raab is a damn folk hero in Ohio...who cares about some hate mail..screw that noiseee

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

Where can I lay my hands on a copy of this great book? It should be mandatory reading for all grade levels in the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas

Miracle0044
Miracle0044

the rest of the Country see Raab as a hateful evil racist and if you agree with his vitriol that you are the same!

Miracle0044
Miracle0044

I feel sorry for you and Scott Raab, hatred permeates through his veins and all that hatred will come back on him and he will suffer an injury and he is the one going to Hell. Follow a hater an you goo will suffer the consequences. Lebron is ten times the man you and Scott could ever be!!!!!!

 
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