LeBron James Thanks Akron in Full-Page Ad
Says he will always be working for his hometown
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 3:19 PM CDT
LeBron James in a file photo.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

(Newser) – Let the damage control begin: LeBron James took out a full-page ad today in the Akron Beacon Journal to thank his hometown fans: ‘‘Akron is my home, and central focus of my life,’’ says the ad. "It's where I started, and it's where I will always come back to." James, who jumped ship to the Miami Heat from Cleveland, will be back home this weekend for his annual charity bike-a-thon, the newspaper notes.

‘‘You can be sure that I will continue to do everything I can for this city, which is so important to my family and me,’’ his ad says. ‘‘Thank you for your love and support. You mean everything to me.’’