The Sandusky Register, July 17
The King, LeBron James, has left behind his kingdom in northeast Ohio once again.
James is taking his talents to Long Beach this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
This has a different feel to it when he made “The Decision” and took his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat.
Now, faced with the evil empire that is the Golden State Warriors, James is making a move to the west coast where he already owns two homes and has several business interests. And, oh by the way, NBA legend Magic Johnson attempting to resurrect the great Lakers franchise.
Will he ever win another title?
Perhaps not. But that doesn’t diminish the legacy he has created here in Ohio by bringing the Cavaliers to the top of the NBA.
As Cavaliers fans, we can do nothing but thank James for all he has done for northeast Ohio — both on and off the court — and wish him the best of luck.
As for the Cavs, the standard has been set and we expect owner Dan Gilbert will do everything he possibly can to get back to the NBA playoffs and beyond.
If nothing else, Cavaliers fans can look forward with anticipation the erection of a statue in James’ honor someday outside of Quicken Loans Arena.
The Marietta Times, July 23
Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable.
Turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU.
This week, four former OSU wrestlers filed a lawsuit against the university. They accuse officials there of ignoring multiple complaints about “rampant sexual misconduct” by Strauss.
According to a report published in the Columbus Dispatch, there is some evidence to back up the lawsuit’s allegations. It is a letter an OSU student wrote to a health center official during the 1990s, regarding Strauss.
If sexual misconduct was tolerated at OSU during the past, whether by Strauss or others, those responsible should be held to account. Civil lawsuits can accomplish a great deal in that regard, but it may be that crimes were committed.
Again, current OSU officials appear to be doing the right thing. But it has become clear criminal investigations by those with the ability to prosecute are needed, too.