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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: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:42 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Of course Lebron stands behind Tressel.  He was breaking NCAA rules while still in HS, but the Ohio HSAA had no spine and allowed him to play his senior year even after his out of work mother managed to buy him a $50,000+ car.

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:42 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Well duh. 

This the same LeBron James who was suspended in High School over some sort of special treatment regarding a Hummer.

OSU fans should be thankful he did not attend the school or its basketball program would probably be in the same shape.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:32 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Who cares what LoBron thinks

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:24 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

LeBron is black

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:10 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

No big shock here....those with low moral character tend to support others with no moral character.   I mean as a person too, not as a successful coach or basketball player.  Tressel obviously knows football and his teams played hard for him, however, this guy obviously couldn't control anything around him, and for that, he's an idiot.  LeBron is a cut and run loser, and even if he does win an NBA title this year, no one should ever forget the way he quit on his teammates, his coach, and Cleveland against Boston last year.  That was flat out shameless (as were his actions last summer).  Just like Tressels actions.  I will never deny LeBron's talent or Tressel's ability to coach.  Both are obviously pretty damn good.  However, both lack any semblance of character, and I really don't see how that point can be argued.  Character means more than wins and losses.  I'm a huge Bulls fan and I've always loved MJ.  The man made everyone around him better and he played as hard or harder than anyone on his team.  That being said, since his retirement, I've realized he isn't the person I thought he was when I was a kid, and for that, I'm disappointed.  Great player, great teammate....not so great to a lot of those around him.  I love the 6 rings and being a Bulls fan. It was awesome, but now that I'm older and able to understand life much differently, it's not as cool as it once was. 

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:05 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

Why not ask Paris Hilton her thoughts too??? I'm sure they are just as insightful as this douch.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:56 pm

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

 I am sure the NCAA really cares about the opinion of Lebron James.     If Lebron wants to bestow his support on a dishonorable man such as tressel, that is is his right.   It is my right  to point out that his support is the support of an uneducated  jerk.   Tressel should be proud.

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