LeBron James‘ “Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama, expressing concerns about copyright infringement over the football program’s video series featuring coach Nick Saban talking with former receiver Julio Jones in a barbershop. “Uninterrupted” previously set discussions in a barbershop for videos.
Saban, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
“I think LeBron James is a great player,” the coach 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.”
LeBron, via McMenamin:
“I mean, I think you guys know Nick Saban more than me from a media perspective,” he said. “You guys know Nick Saban more than I do, so that’s exactly what I would think he would say. 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.
“So, the lawyers will figure it out.”
LeBron and Saban have both stubbornly refused to accept defeat in their sports, showing world-class determination that has driven both to success. Who will give in with the two butting heads now?
As LeBron said, the lawyers will probably handle this. But these are two high-profile people fronting each side.