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Lebron Got Dunked On; Nike Confiscates Video Footage

Anklesnap July 8, 2009 Blogs 31 Comments

July 8, 2009 – Dr. Dime

On Monday night at the Nike LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, NBA star Lebron James was dunked on huge by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford with a vicious two-hander. Unfortunately you won’t be seeing the replay of the dunk anytime soon. According to CBS Sports who was in attendance and filming the game, the Nike officials upon convening with Lebron after the play confiscated all of the cameramen’s tapes from their cameras. Here is what CBSSports.com had to say about it:

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.

Maybe the footage one day will surface in a Nike commercial about Lebron’s failures, like that Michael Jordan commercial about all of the buzzer beaters he missed. Sort of a ‘you must first fail to learn from your mistakes’ type motivational spot. But until then, we’ll all just have to imaging how sick the dunk must have been to serve it up on King James.

**Update** Fox Sports had a chance to ask Jordan Crawford himself to recount his dunk on Lebron James.

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  • Marketing_Secret_Sauce

    For obvious reasons I will never be able to prove it, but it was totally me. I dunked on LeBron James.

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  • NoTitle

    Even with shaq you won’t be getting a title! F’n soreloser lebron. A knick fan but would like to see any team (even the f’n heat!) than sore loser lebron.

    The start of “divas” in the nba (ok Kobe started it).

  • http://www.realfakesports.blogspot.com Andy B.

    Ridiculous! Can’t wait until someone’s cell phone video ends up on you tube. :)

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  • Big Henry

    Well who else besides me thinks Lynn Miller is the biggest pussy in the world?
    “give me the tape” Um, Fuck You!

  • groswell

    if labron wouldn’t shake hands after loosing in the finals what makes us think that this poor sport would show the world that he is human with flaws..i wish the league and fans would stop protecting him…show the dunk so we all can give the one who dunked on him the street cred he deserves. oh yea the block on Jason Richardson was a foul!!!!!

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  • http://thehoopdoctors.com Brad

    Well, looks like LeBronze is showing his true colors again. I nearly drove off the road when Mike and Mike were going to give this guy a free pass for the snub at Dwight Howard but doesn’t this just show us that even corporations are bending down to do this guy’s will? Yeah, I might be a piston fan who knows my team isn’t going anywhere but hearing people say that he did the right thing getting rid of the evidence is just poor and pathetic. At least Kobe came out like a man when Shaqulle did his poor rap on him at that club and now he is in the corner of trying to give “The King a Ring.” Yeah, he needs a ring alright; he needs someone to call him a loser.

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  • Lebron Who?

    Lebron is such a punk. What’s the big deal with getting dunked on…..oh yeah it goes to show he aint all that. He made it to the finals in a weak Eastern Conference but what happened this year. He is just another really good player but no where near GREAT. What has he done to get the calls Kobe does or Duncan??? He is OVER RATED!!!!!!!

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  • matt kennedy

    There was more than 2 camera’s rolling that day. I was there and I caught it with my phone and I know others did. I have posted my video on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B9vlgBUnOQ
    I dont know about other people there but on Monday I lost a lot of respect for Lebron. This was the most stupid thing I have ever seen! Jordan is a good guy and Lebron had to be like this to him!

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  • George

    You guys are gay ok first off lebron doesn’t have to shake anyones hand.you would have done the same thing.and about the tape..what if you got dunked on would you want it all over you tube ??

  • Tarrence Brock

    Lebron James u know an i know Kobe 24 an the lil boy they say dunk on u they cant Fucc wit u! u the best in the game…Kobe stop tryin to be Jordan!

  • Eazy

    Lebron xs not great he xs nxce ? gxve hxm that but he xs not great kobe xs great jordan was great but lebron xs still far from xt wen he gets a nba champxonshxp rxng den ? can say he xs great but untxl then he xs just a overly large nxce player

  • Pepe

    LeBron is turing into a sissy……

  • nece

    ok just b/c he got dunked on dont mean he aint da best i mean how many nba players get ducked on i mean ok he waz in collage but so wat he iz still the best i dont care who ducks on him an who ever wrote that lebron james is turnin sissy better watch there mouth b/ i bet u cant dunk on any1

  • niccole

    lebron is a feak of nature, a beast, great player.. but he needs to grow up and be humbled. he is too cocky. But we helped do that. everything is always about lebron, now tell me why it wouldnt go to his head?? of course it will (did). i still think he needs to man up though i mean look at all the shit about him wanting to leave his team not showing any support, then not shaking hands at finals, now paying to have your ‘loosing’ footage to not be shown not just once, but twice. your in the NBA you will get dunked on, tell me one who hasnt or wont.. ya know. take it as a man who is not perfect and say yup it happened, bet it wouldnt happen again!

  • niccole

    and YES he shouldve shook hands.. thats part of the game, you win you loose. I mean ya it sucked, they had a great run, but take it as it is and shake their hands. i think that is just being a sore looser and a big fuckin cry baby, and kobe.. bet aint no kid gonna dunk on him, and if they did he would laugh it off and say shit happends.. Kobe is a better player, but guess what?? He is older, lebron has a lot of time to grow and mature, he already got skill he just has to get his mind right.. Kobe is my fav. player, but you gotta give them all credit and not be bias. its the NBA we can all sit here and talk shit, but aint none of us ever gonna even have 1/4 of the talent they have..

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  • Osama Bin Ladin

    LeBron is a legit Mangina. LeBron has a Mangina! said Derrick from step brothers. now to the valuable insight that i shall provide. Lebron should be forbidden from entering the hall of “fame” until he lets us view this classic video of a COLLEGE kid going ape shit on Bron Bron or “Prince James” since he has recently been demoted from King James. LeBron sucks cock.

    Sincerely,
    OBL

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  • cody

    gayboys lebron a beast you can say oh hey a college kid dunked on him he is only like 23 or 24 almost every player in the NBA has been dunked on its no big deal

  • 5150

    My comment is for the nasty mouth Osama! As for you Osama Bin Ladin, you must not have a child that plays sports? I have a teenage son that gets up every morning, works out, makes good grades, and still plays 3 sports! Obviously you didn’t make it in sports! You should be ashamed of yourself for saying LeBron sucks cock! How RUDE!!!!!!! He is a kid and $ goes to your head at that age! He just needs time to grow up & show he can be a man. And can I remind you, kids get on this site. Clean your mouth!

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