If you’re sitting in a barbershop reading this article, tread lightly. LeBron James may be coming after you next.
In case you’re lost, NBA megastar LeBron James is going after the University of Alabama and Nick Saban, with James’ media company, Uninterrupted, sending the school a cease and desist order after the Tide’s new barbershop talk-type video series, “Shop Talk,” debuted online. The episode featured former Alabama players receiving haircuts while talking football with their former coach.
Uninterrupted has previously produced similar videos entitled “The Shop” and claims the Alabama video infringes on its intellectual property.
Apparently, James thinks the idea of talking about sports in a barbershop is owned by him and his company.
Does LeBron have a case?
Will “Barbershop,” “Barbershop 2 – Back in Business” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut” be pulled off the air shortly after?
I’ll leave the legalities to lawyers, that’s their job. My advice for Nick Saban and Alabama: Don’t give in.
They say there is no such thing as bad publicity and while some may disagree, the publicity that Alabama and Saban are receiving because of who LeBron James is can’t be overstated. And the heat has been turned up in the last 24 hours.
First, Nick Saban was questioned about the cease and desist order after yesterday’s practice:
Nick Saban reacting to @KingJames' assertion that Alabama's "Shop Talk" show infringes on and damages the commercial prospects of James' show "The Shop" @abc3340 @ClayTravis @espn #RollTide pic.twitter.com/3veXRBssX8
— Scott Forester (@scott4ester) April 3, 2018
“There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen on TV,” Saban said. “I didn’t know anybody owned that. I didn’t even know (Lebron James) had one. I’m sorry that anybody could be offended by something that we were just having fun with and I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”
Saban “mic-dropping” LeBron James during a post-spring practice is why college football is the absolute best.
LeBron’s rebuttal was an expected, “batten down the hatches” response with an, “I’ll be damned,” to show just how upset he really was that someone, anyone, would use his idea of talking sports in a barbershop:
LeBron addresses Alabama's "Shop Talk" and Nick Saban's comments about being unaware of Uninterrupted's "The Shop" series: "The lawyers will figure it out." pic.twitter.com/5Ovx1EAuHN
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) April 4, 2018
How perfect can this be?
LeBron has turned “heel” over a college football program trying to recruit future players by bringing in former players in an informal setting to talk ball. He believes doing so is his intellectual property. The nerve.
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