Nike takes videographers' tapes at LeBron camp
What happens at LeBron's camp stays at LeBron's camp.
A minor controversy erupted at the LeBron James Skills Academy on Monday night when two videographers recorded a pickup game in which Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunked on James.
Gary Parrish reported on CBSSports.com that a Nike representative confiscated tapes of the dunk after conferring with James.
A representative with Nike, which runs the camp at the University of Akron in James' hometown, made no mention of Crawford's dunk. He said the tapes were confiscated because videotaping of after-hours pickup games at the camp is not allowed.
"Nike has been operating basketball camps for the benefit of young athletes for decades and has long-standing policies as to what events are open and closed to media coverage. Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, two journalists did not respect our no videotaping policy at an after-hours pickup game following the LeBron James Skills Academy," said Nike spokesman Derek Kent on Wednesday.
A spokesman for James said he had no comment.
The camp features 80 top basketball prospects from around the nation.
Crawford said his dunk happened in the first 20 minutes of a game that lasted about two hours and did not prompt any reaction from James.
"We just went on playing," Crawford said Wednesday. "It was exciting just to be playing on the same court as him. I can see why he is so great at what he does."
This is ridiculous. People get dunked on all the time. LeBron getting dunked on is not that big a deal, and whoever is responsible for this story just made a major PR mistake. Everyone gets dunked on, and LeBron is no exclusion. I am sure he will head spike the guy next time down the court, I mean, this is pathetic. If dude dunked on LeBron in a game, only ESPN would care about it and it would just be broadcast to us basketball nerds. Now, it is on like CNN headline news and makes Nike personnel seem like they are taking notes from North Korea, lol.
nike's ego just got dunked on...
lol....i know...i guess nike and lebron thinks its a big deal though
i hope that was the real reason but i still wouldn't be surprised if in addition to it being "after hours" they confiscated the tapes because 'Bron was embarassed. he has to get over his i'm the sh*t ego because the same thing with Jordan and Kobe they lost alot until they got over their ego's
that nike can explain this is comming out with some kind of commercial with the video idk how they wud make it but it will cause a lot of buzz
LeBron is my favorite player in the league right now (after Shaq, my all-time favorite) and if he was behind this, I would be VERY disappointed. Freddie Weis didn't steal the VC tape. My guess is that the tape will be used somehow, because this is the type of thing that could make some close fans think LeBron is kind of a b. I will not say the rest of the word, but if we do not see this tape, than even if it is all on Nike, LeBron will take a hit as far as street cred and should use his clout and be the bigger person and just say "it happens." Though, all in all, I still say Jordan Crawford got his name out there and has witnesses. Also, I never saw McGrady's bam on James Felton, but everyone knows about it, know what I'm saying?