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Iconic LeBron James banner to remain outside Quicken Loans Arena

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Despite original plans to the contrary, the iconic banner of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James that looms across the street from Quicken Loans Arena will stay put, per a statement from Sherwin Williams, the owner of the building on which the celebrated image appears.

It was previously announced that Sherwin Williams would be removing the 10-story tall Nike billboard and replacing it with something to commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary as part of Cleveland hosting the Republican National Convention from July 18-21. The James billboard originally was scheduled for removal on July 5.

A public outcry ensued — highlighted by a petition on Change.org that has garnered over 20,000 signatures — perhaps playing a role in prompting the company to reverse course.

“For 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been proud to call Cleveland our home, and we’re committed to doing the right thing for the people of this great city,” said Sherwin Williams president and CEO┬áJohn Morikis, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “For the last year, we’ve been planning to hang a celebratory banner outside our building during the summer months. But what better way to celebrate our 150th year than with a NBA championship. As a longtime supporter of the Cavs, and the entire community, we want the energy and excitement in this city to continue.”

The company also announced it would be donating $150,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

The gigantic billboard originally was installed shortly before the 2014-15 NBA season after James announced he’d be returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavs after spending several years with the Miami Heat.