Sherwin-Williams says LeBron James Banner will stay up at HQ

Fans started an online petition to keep the James banner up

People walk past the giant banner of Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James on Friday, July 9, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio, the day after he announced that he would be signing a contract for the upcoming season to join the Miami Heat.
People walk past the giant banner of Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James on Friday, July 9, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio, the day after he announced that he would be signing a contract for the upcoming season to join the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Sherwin-Williams says it won’t remove a 10-story banner of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James after recently announcing that it would come down for 90 days starting next month.

The company on Tuesday said the iconic James banner would remain on the side of its global headquarters and that it would donate $150,000 to the LeBron James Foundation to help inner-city youth succeed in school. The company first announced it May that it would be installing a banner to mark the company’s 150th anniversary before the start of next month’s Republican National Committee.

Fans started an online petition to keep the James banner up after the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport in 52 years. The company said last week that the James banner would return this fall.

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