Friend and former colleague Scott Campbell shares this excellent rendition of LeBron James’s quasi-apology letter… in the voice of Morgan Freeman in the classic film The Shawshank Redemption as performed by comedian Frank Caliendo. (Which was, to those who don’t know, filmed an hour away from James’s home in Akron at the former Mansfield Reformatory.)
I highly suggest watching the video. Caliendo is very talented and does an amazing impression (his specialty.) Had never heard him do Morgan Freeman before.
I wondered what the Caliendo track would sound like put to the score of The Shawshank Redemption. So I put the track to music to find out.
Here it is:
EDIT: Apparently there was music when it ran, but it was edited out.
To be clear, this Cleveland fan doesn’t hate LeBron James for leaving. Cleveland’s not a gulag. James was free to leave, but the manner in which he did it is what draws my ire.
Thunder Up. Rise Up. #OKCLE
Mary and I watched the game tonight, and while it’s sad we lost, that is better than if we had blown out the Heat. Let me briefly explain. As Cleveland sports fans, we tend to delude ourselves pretty quickly. Let’s not kid ourselves that the Cavs are worse off without LeBron.
I took some shots of interesting things I saw during the game. Here they are:
Hey, who’s that guy on the left?
DREW CAREY PHOTOBOMB!
Yes, that is Drew Carey. He’s lost some weight. I hope that he gave out placards to tell people about Reason Saving Cleveland.
This got a lot of Boos. Look at the fans booing.
Lots of signs.
You know he saw that one.
Josh Cribbs and Bernie Kosar.
LeBron came to talk to guys on the bench to cheer himself up. People booed.
Pensive LeBron is pensive. What does his bracelet say?
Wow. What a narcissist.