While Dan Gilbert’s rage in Comic Sans didn’t do him any favors with David Stern, Jesse Jackson or Miami Heat superstars, it did win over some pretty important people — Cleveland Cavaliers fans. Distraught by the loss of their marquee player, Cavs fans embraced Gilbert’s guarantees and disgust with LeBron James(notes). Now they’re taking things a step further than just agreeing with him — they’re helping him.

After being hit with a $100,000 fine for his ode to anger, Gilbert received an offer of his own from some Clevelanders who totally agree with everything he said, if not his font choice. From the Associated Press:

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has more fans and friends than he ever knew.

His emotional, controversial letter criticizing LeBron James for leaving to join Miami spawned an outpouring of fan support for Gilbert. A team spokesman said the team has received thousands of e-mails and phone calls, including some from fans offering to help Gilbert pay a $100,000 NBA-imposed fine.

Well, that’s nice. Very nice. Probably not allowed by the NBA in any way, shape or form, but it’s the thought that counts.

And while Gilbert is more than happy to take people’s money in the form of high-interest loans, he has opted not to accept these fans’ offers to pay his fine.

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