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Nike & LeBron won’t let you see LeBron get dunked on

RedsArmyAdmin July 8, 2009 Uncategorized 11 Comments

DUNKED ON  

(Updated the post with this photoshop passed on to me from Jeff from ProjectSpurs.com.  I think the fact this was made illustrates the point I'm making below) 

Xavier's Jordan Crawford was at the LeBron James Skills Academy.  So was LeBron James.  During a pick up game, Crawford posterized James with a sick two-hand dunk.  At least… that's what we hear.  We won't be able to see it… because Nike… and LeBron… won't let us.

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."

I don't know how many times it has to happen before people learn the lesson:  It's not the act… it's the cover up that makes stories fly out of control.

Yes, it would have landed on YouTube… but so what?  What's the big deal about some college kid who's amped up by playing against LeBron…. a LeBron who is probably half-assing it anyway…. going up and putting one on "The King."  LeBron could have laughed it off… said "hey, the kid can jump.  Nice dunk" and it would have just gone away. 

But no.  Now it's going down this way… we ALL want to see what the big deal is.  We all want to know what happened.  So you know what's gonna happen?  TV stations are going to track down Crawford.  They're going to track down other people who were there (they were, after all, witnesses).  They're going to track down LeBron.  Guys are going to romanticize the dunk as the best dunk they've ever seen.  LeBron is going to have to answer more questions about this now than he ever would have if the tape had just gone out onto YouTube.

And LeBron can blame himself for it.

"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."

It's not the story… it's the cover up.  It always is, was and will be.  From something big like the Clinton scandal to something small like this.  The cover up will always bite you on the ass… especially in this day of the internet.  Anyone can tell their story of what they saw.  And people like us will be around to spread the news. 

LeBron James got dunked on… hard… by a college kid.  And he and Nike are too embarrassed to let any of us see it.

The more sites that type that sentence… or something similar… the worse it gets for Bron Bron. 

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  • NateDiP

    Since when do you have to obey what a nike basketball director says?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    That’s my big question too. Why didn’t he just say “No, I’m not giving you my tape”?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704b7be5970b bigpartymaker

    I think the following image is also appropriate:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v370/bigpartymaker/lebroncry.jpg

  • FSantos33

    Bron Bron Bron LOL I can totally see him calling the NIke director over telling him “You gots to get those tapes, the KING can’t be dunked on at his own camp” hahaha.
    I am not sure if this video footage was ever posted on this site but I found it on Youtube “Old man beats Jordan one on one at his own camp”. Pretty funny at the end when Demon Wayans (Comedian) made fun of MJ.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00edJBHpSJs

  • FSantos33

    They are like twins – LOL

  • FSantos33

    Cameraman was afraid to lose his job. He probably would have if Bron didn’t get his tape.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Amazing! I haven’t seen this split-screen yet. By the way, John… great work putting this together so quickly.

  • Uncle Leo

    I’m guessing the cameramen were paid to film the game by nike, or were given permission to be there by nike or lebron. Doesn’t really matter since he gets dunked on plenty in nba games.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSPnUk7tLY8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlAXdzuQJMo&feature=related

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I didn’t do that photoshop.. it was just sent to me. I wish I got it together that quickly

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5cea40970c Josh

    Yeah I don’t understand what the big to do is, anyone who has played the game of basketball at that level has been dunked on. Everyone has been crossed over pretty bad at some point. Who cares, sometimes you have to just concede, “Yeah, you got me that time.”
    It happens, doesn’t make you less of a player.

  • Joe

    Okay,
    I was a television news photographer in my past life. I quit about four years ago. There is no way in hell I would give up that tape. They have absolutely no right to the tape. Of course, if the photographers were working for Nike, that’s one thing. But I seriously doubt they hired more than one freelancer to cover the camp. I understand giving up the tape if Nike hired you. You want them to hire you again. But if Nike gave you permission to be there, but they aren’t paying you…tell them they are not getting the tape. Sorry for the rant. Sensitive topic.