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LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:24 am
LeBron James comments on the resignation of Jim Tressel at Ohio State. 

Posted by Matt Moore

MIAMI -- Yes, LeBron James is still being asked about things in Ohio. Following a shootaround Tuesday morning, reporters asked James to comment on the Jim Tressel situation at Ohio State. Yesterday, Tressel resigned in advance of a new set of allegations that trace recruiting violations back to 2002 and beyond.  James, being from Cleveland, and a known Ohio State fan, was asked about it, because if there is anything tangentially related to James, he will get asked about it. About six times. When asked about Tressel, James was supportive of both the coach and university. 

"He's done some great things for that university. It's unfortunate all the allegations and things that have come out in the past year," James said."Everyone in Columbus and Ohio knows how important, how great he was for the team and university.

James, for his part, is pretty supportive of the Sweater Vest and OSU: 

"I wish him the best, and the organization. Hopefully the university will come back.  It's one of the best universities we have in America." 

James understands what it's like to have everyone jump on you, but oddly, Tressel might do more to harm Ohio sports than James did, but Tressel will still be considered a God no matter what and James will still be the devil. That's what a difference a championship can make. 

Consider what Eye on College Football's Adam Jacobi wrote Monday about the question of Tressel being "worth it": 

The highest of highs. The lowest of lows. The situation's not quite over yet, but what amount of punishment would make Tressel's ten-year tenure not worth it to Ohio State? After all, the entire point of college football is to play for national championships and to beat the living daylights out of your rivals, and Jim Tressel did that in spades. Ohio State's on a streak of seven straight BCS bowl game appearances. Seven. Even if the NCAA hands down a postseason ban of a couple years--and there's not a whole lot about this situation right now that appears to warrant such a ban--is that really enough to put a cloud of shame over the Tressel Era forever? Would no college football fan endure two years' probation for 106-22 in the 10 years prior?
via Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'? -

Makes you wonder if LeBron had won the title in 2009 or 2010 if the level of disgust, hatred, and envy would have been the same. We'll never know. But at least James isn't "repping 'The U'" or something.

Read more EOB coverage of the 2011 NBA Finals here. And here's more coverage of just the Miami Heat or Dallas Mavericks.


Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:21 am

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Clancy... what I said was people could use the time they hate on someone more productively. I never said people have too much time on their hands. LeBron may have made the championship statement that most stars do when they first come to a city, but realistically, who did the owner surround him with? On the tangent of Pippen and Parrish, Pippen was yet to be the star he would grow into, but Parrish was one of the most sought after big men. That's why the Celtics gave up the overall number one pick to get him. And the Celtics won the NBA Championship in his first year. Parrish and Pippen were both voted to the top 50 players of all-time. And as far as you getting hustled, no one can hustle you unless you allow them to. Humans will always let you down, we're not perfect and everyone makes mistakes. But I do like your avatar at least.....

Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:52 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

LOL! Another stand up guy from ohio....Didnt he accept all the gifts in the world making him ineligible before he graduated high school. Well, at least Pryor didnt have to realy on another superstar to get his title. Akron Robin strikes again!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:16 am

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

well you writing this probable means you have to much time on your hands and should go do some good out there and not judge haters.  Besides i dont think scottie or parish or anyone else you listed excited the most starved sports town in america a ring a lbj did with us and i am greatful i got to watch him in a cavs uni and i went to 5 or 6 games a year bought his shirts shoes and so on.  So this guy promise me a ring and i want it not a tv show being ridicoulouse arogant telling me your leaving clevand. SO in short i got hustled and dont fell good about it go Mavs cavs somthing like that

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:12 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Vegasrugger.... did you actually go and research where Pippen & Parrish came from? Maybe it is YOU that doesn't know as much as you THINK you kn ow about basketball. Here's the info for you to research and prove me worng sir. Parrish: "Heading into the 1980 NBA Draft the (who already had legendary ready to start his second NBA season) held the number one overall pick. In a shrewd pre-draft trade, considered by some to be among the most lopsided in NBA history, Boston Celtics President dealt the top pick and an additional first-round pick to the Warriors for Parish and the Warriors' first-round pick, the third overall. With that pick the Celtics chose ." Pippen: "Scottie Pippen was selected fifth overall in the by the and traded eventually to the for ." On the Parrish deal, even the NBA analysts consider that trade as "among the most lopsided in NBA history" so you do the research and prove me wrong. Anybody can get on here and claim something to be false without backing up their statement. PROVE ME WRONG sir.....

Since: Sep 18, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:19 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

AGREED!  Well said sir!

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:55 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Didn't even read this article.  Saw the title and laughed and thought to myself, "Who gives a crap?"

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:30 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

recruited scottie pippen?  went out and got parrish?  haha yeah some big sports fan you are if you don't know anything.  btw I hate lebron because of moronic sense of entitlement not because of his game which basically consist of him driving to the rim on every play.  wowzers what skill! 

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:54 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

It's like one piece of crap backing another piece of crap...who cares

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:33 am

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

I really don't care for Lebron that much, but for the first time I find myself agreeing with him.  Tressel is the fall guy.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:03 am

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

I just read most of these posts on here, and all the "LeBron Haters" couldn't wait to bash him. He was asked a question of which the reporter who asked it was dumb for asking it. But most people on here took time to take another shot at LeBron. "Worthless, turned his back on Cleveland, dumb, etc...." But my favorite one is someone saying they "will cheer for the Mavs with every ounce of energy" they have left in them, and they don't have any allegiance to the Mavs. WOW!!!! Maybe some of you need to take the time you use hating another human being and do something productive with it. What causes someone to hate a man that they don't even have, never had, and never will have a relationship with is way beyond me. I am a BIG sports fan of almost any kind; I had to think hard to see if there was any athlete that I hate. I don't hate any athlete....the reason.....they don't affect my world!!! There are some that I do not respect, but that is due to moral decisions off the court. What you see in the field of battle or on the courts is purely for entertainment purposes ONLY. And for anyone calling him selfish, I don't see that either, especially when a man takes less money to play a game. No one cried when the Celtics put together their Big-3. How about the Bulls during their dynasty? Yes the Bulls recruited Scottie Pippen from the Sonics and signed Rodman for their 2nd three-peat. The old Celtics went out and got Robert Parrish, Bill Walton, and Dennis Johnson when they couldn'twin with only Bird & McHale. The old Miami went and got Shaq to help Wade the first go-round. So the league, as all professional sports, have only ONE objective, well two, 1: to make money & 2: WIN!!!! It's a business people. Live your life; don't let sports rule your emotions.

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