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LeBron James "Forgiveness" tees fly off Cleveland shelves

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 01:12

No hard feelings say Cleveland retailers who are watching LeBron James merchandise, particularly the popular “Forgiveness” T-shirt fly off the shelves.Gavino Garay reports.

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While Lebron James may be persona non grata in Miami -- in his native Ohio, and particularly Cleveland -- he's being welcomed back with open arms --- espcially by retailers. (NAT SOUND CHEERING) Everyone's trying to get their hands on the "Forgiveness" T-shirt -- a nodd to the sense of abandonment some locals had about his decision to leave and become a Miami Heat star four years ago. (SOUNDBITE) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "It's fantastic i've been looking forward to this all day. My daughter called me and told me to go pick up the shirts and I did." (SOUNDBITE) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "Definitely worth the wait." Hundreds flew off the racks within a few hours alone. This store started selling the popular item online Monday -- days before the news broke of this return home. (SOUNDBITE) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "It's something we had in the works and thought about in the past month or two. We were kind of waiting for the right time to do it." Anything James is in demand -- even if it's his old jersey at the team shop. (SOUNDBITE) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "We knew they wouldn't have james stuff obviously. But we just had to be down here because we're big Cavs fans." James has touted his return home as a personal decision to be closer to family. Whatever the reason -- forgive and forget. (SOUNDBITE) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "My heart's just pounding right now. It's just a complete dream come true. Thank you LeBron James. I think you're going to bring us a championship."

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LeBron James "Forgiveness" tees fly off Cleveland shelves

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 01:12