Cavs fan pitches $1 million GoFundMe plan to build larger-than-life LeBron statue

Cavs fan makes case for LeBron James statue

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A hometown fan wants to pay homage to LeBron James by building the NBA legend a $1 million statue in Northeast Ohio.

On May 7, Aaron Carey -- who played basketball at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School -- launched a GoFundMe page to accomplish just that.

Carey has already been in talks with Omri Amrany, who has created statues of several basketball stars, including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

On Monday, James was asked about the larger-than-life initiative and responded positively:

The Better Business Bureau says if you want to donate, just be realistic about your expectations. It may take awhile, and the statue may not look like what you expect.

"If the organizer sets an amount for a project, and isn't able to raise that amount, do you get a refund?  the response from GoFundMe was that it is at the organizer's discretion," said Ericka Dilworth with the Better Business Bureau.

You can report issues through GoFundMe.

They will investigate any possible frauds, and also offer a "GoFundMe Guarantee," and may refund your donation.

Carey explains if they raise more than enough money, the remainder will go to local charities.

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