Guy Who Called LeBron James the ‘Whore of Akron’ Forgives Him Now

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Esquire's Scott Raab, whose book The Whore of Akron is about how much he hated LeBron James for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, no longer hates LeBron James. No hard feelings, he says!

"Broadway Danny Rose said it best — 'Acceptance, forgiveness, and love,'" Raab writes after today's big news. "As human beings, that's the only recipe for leading a righteous life in this world. Such words — from the famous and unfamous — come cheap. But you're living those truths now, walking that walk. Who am I to hold a grudge?"

In other words, Scott Raab, who profited off of his sports-fan indignation, read James's touching announcement as an apology to Scott Raab, and he would like the best basketball player on earth to know that apology is accepted.

"When you write a book about LeBron James and call it The Whore of Akron, you also forfeit any claim to objectivity or fairness. Not only do I understand this, I embrace it," Raab wrote in 2012, explaining "I want LeBron James to fail." He's not sorry, but he does really love the Cavs, that much is clear.

The rest of the Cleveland faithful are handling themselves a bit better. Here's the cover of tomorrow's Plain Dealer, a worthy companion to its epic front page when LeBron left:

Meanwhile, in Miami:

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