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LeBron James not Backing Down with his Pettiness over Nick Saban’s Shop Talk


LeBron James is petty. LeBron James is also out of touch with reality. Recently, LeBron and his company sent a letter to the University of Alabama citing copyright infringement for a trailer released on a new show titled, “Shop Talk” in which head coach, Nick Saban talks in a barber shop with various people, particularly former players, such as Julio Jones in the first episode.

According to James, he feels like his platform, Uninterrupted has elevated his own show, “The Shop”, into a level that allows it to dismiss prior shows who have utilized similar names and the barber shop theme as well. In the letter sent to Alabama, LeBron’s team mentioned Saban’s “Shop Talk” utilizes, “ideas, concepts and format” similar to the aforementioned show he produces.

But LeBron apparently believes no one else is allowed to host a show inside a barber shop since he has done so — forgetting the fact he got the idea himself from others in the past (not to mention there was an actual movie called, “Barbershop” as well).

With this logic, if LeBron decides he wants to host a cooking show at his house, anyone else after would then have to be prepared for a lawsuit. How lame is that?

Nick Saban on the other hand is having none of it, nor should he. He will not be bullied by LeBron and his team into dropping a not-so-Saban idea, and will continue to expand his horizons as he continues to evolve as a person. During his recent press conference, Saban stated, “I think LeBron James is a great player,” Saban said. “There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen. I didn’t even know he had one. I’m sorry anybody could be offended by something we were just trying to have fun with. I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”

Maybe LeBron will realize how ridiculous this sounds when he receives a letter for using King James as one of his monikers. Imagine Bible publishers lining up to see to it he can no longer call himself that (sounds stupid right?). But, LeBron also is not backing down.

After getting wind that Saban wasn’t backing down, LeBron fired back with this, “That’s exactly what I would think he would say,” James said. ”I built “Uninterrupted” for a reason and for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak about whatever we want to talk about. I respect him as a coach, but I’ll be damned if I’ll allow someone to use our platform or try to do the same thing we’re doing and just think it’s OK…The lawyers will figure it out.”

LeBron doesn’t need this. He’s on the verge of leading this roller coaster of a season Cavaliers, who are minus a head coach, back to the playoffs, and presumably back to the NBA Finals.

I’ll never tell LeBron to just shut up and dribble, but he needs to fall all the way back on this one, and worry about how to beat the Western Conference champions in the Finals, not Saban and his talk show.

Brandon Williams is the Editor in Chief for Fresh Sports TalkYou can follow him on Twitter @TalkinWithFresh, or “Like” him on Facebook.

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