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Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:33 pm
 
By Matt Moore

Back in July, LeBron James' Nike brand announced a pretty sweet deal. He'd be expanding on his relationship with Ohio State to include Kentucky and Miami. That's a pretty great deal for James' brand to be sponsoring the official gear for three major universities, right? I mean what could possibly go wro...

Oh.

James has been sponsoring the Buckeyes since 2007. He makes "The Decision," and in the following year the program goes through its worst NCAA violations scandal and their legendary head coach resigns.  

Well that's not so bad, and it's not like the other two universities have gone through any... oh.

James moves to the Heat and the following year the University of Miami suffers arguably the worst reveal of recruiting violations in the history of college sports. Yachts, strippers, prostitutes, it's all there. That's two down.

Kentucky, unbelievably, is the clean one here. Whether it's fair or not, if you'd put odds out two years ago on which of those three schools an average person would bet would have recruiting violations, Kentucky would probably have been the best bet. 

So what can we take from James having sponsored two out of three programs with recruiting violations and massive scandals on their hands? The clear answer is that James is cursed. 

Yes, there's really no way around it. Clearly "The Decision" has cursed LeBron James. After all, his team only made it to the Finals, and lost, and he was a big part of it by "shrinking" from the moment. He's reviled as one of the least popular athletes in the world, and everything he does is broken down and mocked. On top of it, James' curse seems to extend to those he has business deals with. Ohio State, University of Miami, they may just be the tip of the iceberg. What if it was James' affiliation with his endorsement deals that impacted the companies he's in business with, and that caused the stock market fall? What if LeBron James is destroying the very fabric of the universe? We have to save ourselves!

So has LeBron James cursed the U and The Ohio State University?

No. Come on. Don't be stupid. 

In reality, those programs made sense for James from an economic and brand perspective. He has ties to Kentucky through Calipari and William Wesley. He's from Ohio, even if Cleveland is of course not a fan. And he lives in Miami. It's just a coincidence that this happened and has no connection to the sponsorship deal. 

We think. 

Dunh-dunh-dunh!
Comments

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Really?

Matt Moore gets paid for this crap?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

LeQuit.  LOVE IT!  Nice post.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

"Kentucky, unbelievably, is the clean one here."

WTF?  Dude, did you just wake from a coma?  That statement was made base on one man - John Calipari.  You might want to research the incidents involving Calipari.

It is quite possible that you can buy a journalism degree from Walmart these days.



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

This might actually be the most asinine thing this site has ever published. Even tucked away in the blog section, it's pretty horrendous.



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

lmfao the curse i dont like lebron no more but come on



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

This is the dumbest topic I have ever heard anyone write about



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

All of you dopes criticizing CBS for this story ARE the reason the story was written.  Why?  Because you read it, fools.  I'm a Cavs fan, so anything that puts a pie in LeQuit's face will get me everytime.  What is your excuse, bozos?




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

Did someone actually write "Great story!  Thanks for the insight!" ?!?!?!??


I didn't think I could see anything worse than the actual "article" itself, but once again, I was proven wrong.


CBS is licking the bottom of the barrell with this dribble.    &nb
sp;



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:46 am
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

Seriously? We must have a slow news cycle for us to even be reading this malarky.  There are some really great topics like the guts of the scandal.  Is CBS upset that a lowly and fledgling news outlet like yahoo got the jump on a story.  What really gets me is that Lebron is doing business with these teams and has never seen the inside of a classroom.  Where is the credibility?  But, I am sure we will have some of you fellow bloggers chew me up and say I didn't get the articles intent or that everyone has a right to make a living.  Wrong.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:41 am
 

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

Good Lord.

Did this article really make it to a high calibre sports site?

This belongs on Bleacher Report. Actually, thats an insult to Bleacher Report.

You should be ashamed to call yourself a journalist


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