It so happened to be that in the metropolis of Miami a homeless man was found dressed to the nines in a LeBron James jersey. The red jersey stamped with a number 23 was distinctively a-never-worn Cleveland Cavaliers piece of official apparel. The homeless man wore it with great pride knowing that the original price tag was $59.99. He knew that he was well provided for by a man named Chris Jungjohann, the founder of a project called “Break Up With LeBron.” Mr. Jungjohann collected more than 400 jerseys among other assorted Lebron items to donate to the homeless.
The Miami New Times reported that the Miami Coalition for the Homeless rejected the generous gift from Mr. Jungjohann who was at odds on what to do with the merchandise. He certainly was not going to burn it since there were people in need in Miami living near the arena.
But why did the Miami Coalition for the Homeless reject the gift?
“The general consensus was that it was an attempt to mock the homeless population,” said Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust chairman Ron Book to the Miami New Times.
The Miami New Times then thought to take on the task of delivering the jerseys. The readers fired with harsh criticism calling it a gimmick. Meanwhile Chris Jungjohann still had to find a way to rid himself of all the boatload of LeBron parahanelia sitting in his garage.
He decided to give it to the newspaper to give it away. He had nothing to lose. The Miami New Times accepted the challenge despite the criticism.
And away they gave out the jerseys to a cheering crowd of homeless people in Miami near the American Airlines Arena. The homeless were happy to find clothing for themselves and their friends. Someone even alerted the nearby shelter and a hoard soon zoomed over to check out the commotion. Many found new sneakers, caps and even an afghan in the booty box.
At the end, thanks to Clevelanders and their distaste for LeBron James, the Miami Heat homeless fans can finally be happy.