So remember Matthew Bellamy? He was the brave man who got booed and escorted out of a Cleveland Indians home game by police simply because he dared to wear LeBron James' Miami Heat jersey. Yeah, we never thought we'd ever hear about him again. Well, according to an unconfirmed report from The Cleveland Scene, Bellamy says he's being flown to Miami this weekend by the Heat to attend a game and meet the team.
It seems the Miami Heat liked Bellamy's little exercise of free advertising/ballsiness and extended a special invitation to Bellamy to come on down to Miami, attend a game, and meet the team (where presumably he and LeBron will discuss how freaking fun it is to piss off Clevelanders) -- all on the Heat's dime.
Bellamy posted on his Facebook wall today that he's off to South Beach this weekend and had this to say to me in a message: "yeah, its a night named after me get to meet the team, all expenses are paid for!! Cant wait super excited"
Granted, Bellamy did take a healthy portion of Cleveland fan's tantrum in public and deserves some sort of fan bravery award. We're just worried that if it's true, it's going to come across like the Heat, and by extension LeBron, is just rubbing it in to the poor city of Cleveland.
"It does seem a little odd that the Heat are rewarding a 20-something for being a little tactless in his approach to ... wait, I just caught myself there," writes Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie. "This makes perfect and complete sense."
Yeah, this might not come off as the greatest PR move, if true. The Scene is still trying to confirm the story with the Heat. There will be a time and place to rub it in Cleveland's face, and that time and place will be December 2nd at The Q.
The Heat, if you're wondering, host the Nets at home this Saturday after a trip to New Orleans.
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