'You're welcome, LeBron. Love, Miami' billboard shows up in Akron, immediately stirs controversy

AKRON, Ohio - Two rings, laid side-by-side anchor the right side of a billboard on Tallmadge Avenue in Akron. Beside them, the words: "You're welcome, LeBron. Love, Miami."

Jeremy Powell first noticed the sign around noon Wednesday and snapped a photo, which he tweeted to a local radio station. It wasn’t long before he was bombarded by calls from national and local television.

"Within 15 minutes I got thousands of re-tweets," he said.

The person behind the billboard is believed to be longtime Miami sports columnist Dan LeBatard, who also appears on both ESPN radio and TV.

LeBatard already tried to place a similar message in both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal, but both newspapers rejected the ad.

"I think its degrading," said Monica McNatt, a long-time fan. "The only reason they did that is because they can't do it without him.”

On Friday, there's the big rally in Akron for Lebron. LeBatard told the Miami Herald he is sending a producer to Akron and has another surprise for LeBron.

Though the 2014-15 NBA schedule won’t be released until later this month, there are rumors that—after opening the season against the reigning champion Spurs—the Cavs will face the Heat on Christmas Day. Of course, as LeBron showed another notorious troll, Lance Stephenson, he prefers to settle his scores on the hardwoods.

Whenever they square off, one thing is for sure, LeBron probably won’t forget. (Just ask Paul George.)

…to be continued.

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