Lebron goes from being a big douche to huge douche
Old 07-08-2009, 07:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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AKRON, Ohio -- You want to see video of Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron James?

If so, too bad.

Because you're not going to see it.

Thanks to Nike.

Turns out, there were at least two cameras rolling Monday night when Crawford dunked on James during a pick-up game here at the LeBron James Skills Academy. It was a two-handed jam, the kind that would've circulated quickly on YouTube. But Nike officials eliminated that possibility shortly after the dunk happened by allegedly confiscating tapes from various cameramen.

Freelance photographer Ryan Miller was one of the cameramen shooting the game.

He told CBSSports.com that Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt took his tape.

"He just said, 'We have to take your tape,'" Miller said. "They took it from other guys, too."

Worth noting is that there is no policy against filming at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and Miller said he had been filming all day without incident. Nobody ever told him to stop. Nobody ever said there was a problem ... until after Crawford dunked on James.

"LeBron called Lynn over and told him something," Miller said. "That's how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, 'Hey, Lynn. Come here.'"

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tape.

"There's nothing I can think of besides LeBron just not wanting it online," Miller said. "It's a good story to tell people, I guess. But then again, I'm kind of pissed. I lost my tape."
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What a douche.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He is like a faraon who doesnt want his followers to know he is not a god. Asshole.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmkay... but why was he a big douche to begin with?
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I wanna see it
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I wouldn't have let them take my tape. They apparently had no legal or contractual ownership of the tape... let them throw you out, rough you up but that would have been gold.
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Sounds more like the camera man is a pussy too me
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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All I have to say is this:

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Old 07-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Damn i would love to see that video. If i were the camera man i wouldn't give away that tape no matter what the rules say.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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watch the video leak out somehow and embarraz the sizzle out of lebron
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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We are all not a witness.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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wow.

what a sad little bitch.

if this is true.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ah man that vid would be sick. Stupid LeBron talking it away
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:26 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I dunked on Lebron too.

Same thing though, they took the tape.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Yea, sure. Just keep thinking that
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:28 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I've never dunked on anyone.

I had Anthony Parker Disease.

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I dunked on Lebron too.

Same thing though, they took the tape.
makes you wonder

how many people have dunked on King
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:42 AM   #17 (permalink)
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It was assumed he was called "King James" because he reigns on the basketball court. But maybe LeBron James earned that nickname due to his tyrannical ways (in dealing with embarrassment).

On Monday, Jordan Crawford, a sophomore at Xavier (by way of Indiana), reportedly dunked on LeBron during a pick-up game at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Garry Parrish of CBSSports.com wrote that one high school player said, "it was bad". (We can only assume he meant "bad" in the Michael Jackson sort of way.)

LeBron must have agreed, because he had Nike officials confiscate the two videos that were taken of the dunk. (Parrish blames Nike, but reading between the lines it seems like the censorship was orchestrated by LeBron himself.)

Ryan Miller, a freelance photographer who was working at the camp that day, told CBSSports.com:

"LeBron called [Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt] over and told him something," Miller said. "That's how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, 'Hey, Lynn. Come here.'"

A few minutes later, Miller's tape was confiscated.

Connecting the dots, it seems clear that LeBron didn't want video leaking out of him getting dunked on by a college sophomore, so he told a Nike official to get the tape. It was an understandable reflex move (gotta protect the image), but it also unnecessarily makes a mountain out of a molehill.

The Crawford dunk would have been a temporary embarrassment for LeBron. Let's say the video was put on YouTube. It blows up for a bit, dominates blogs for 36 hours, everyone has a good chuckle and then it's forgotten about.

But by censoring the tape, LeBron turns the dunk into a legend. On video, it's just a dunk. Without video, the jam can reach mythic proportions. Because nobody can see it, the story of the dunk will grow in stature with each telling. Today, it was a simple two-handed slam. In a few days, it will be a 360-degree windmill. By the time Crawford makes his Xavier debut in October, he will have jumped off LeBron's shoulders, flipped in the air, slammed the ball home with his left pinkie and then handed LeBron $3.99 for his dry cleaning.

Without the video, we'll never know. Although, given his past history, I think it's safe to say that LeBron probably walked off the court without shaking Crawford's hand
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Without the video, we'll never know. Although, given his past history, I think it's safe to say that LeBron probably walked off the court without shaking Crawford's hand.
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If I was LeBron I wouldn't want that leaking either. It would have been an embarrassment. He had the power to do it and he did it. I don't think he's a douche for flexing his corporate muscles. Now all he has to contend with is hear say.
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Is there a vid of that guy who beat Lebron in horse?
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