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Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Posted on: July 7, 2009 9:04 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2009 9:09 pm

AKRON, Ohio -- You want to see video of Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron James?

If so, too bad.

Because you're not going to see it.

Thanks to Nike.

Turns out, there were at least two cameras rolling Monday night when Crawford dunked on James during a pick-up game here at the LeBron James Skills Academy. It was a two-handed jam, the kind that would've circulated quickly on YouTube. But Nike officials eliminated that possibility shortly after the dunk happened by allegedly confiscating tapes from various cameramen.

Freelance photographer Ryan Miller was one of the cameramen shooting the game.

He told that Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt took his tape.

"He just said, 'We have to take your tape,'" Miller said. "They took it from other guys, too."

Worth noting is that there is no policy against filming at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and Miller said he had been filming all day without incident. Nobody ever told him to stop. Nobody ever said there was a problem ... until after Crawford dunked on James.

"LeBron called Lynn over and told him something," Miller said. "That's how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, 'Hey, Lynn. Come here.'"

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tape.

"There's nothing I can think of besides LeBron just not wanting it online," Miller said. "It's a good story to tell people, I guess. But then again, I'm kind of pissed. I lost my tape."
Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:30 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Lebron is only a god in his own eyes.  Anybody ever see 300?  The god-king?  Yeah, Jordan Crawford (Leonitas) should that even a King has flaws.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:24 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

He is a college Sophomore.  Actually, he is going into his 3rd year of college.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:17 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Thats a good point about Lebron not shaking hands after.  Ive liked LJ's demeanor since he got in the league, but im starting to wonder if the Lebron Dwight Howard brought out is the true Lebron. IE:Punk A B

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:17 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Pens (and a few others.......

You're missing the point. It isn't as much the fact that James got dunked on, it's the fact that video evidence of it was confiscated after the fact. Which is completely ridiculous. I'm not sure exactly why they would do that. It's not the first and certainly not the last time it will happen. The Queen needs to get off his high horse and let the tape go. He's doing more harm to himself by keeping it hidden.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:11 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

This might be the most stupid thing i've ever heard!.....I dnt care who you are and how good you are....your going to get posterized at least once in your playing career whether it's in front of millions or just at the local park!......I've seen it all!.....Media is blowing this was out of context!....Bron Bron is still the best hands down!..

Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:05 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Not that anyone cares, but Nike released a statement pretty much the exact opposite of what the cameraman said.  They said that filming was prohibited for parts of the day, including this event, and that in the last 4 years every cameraman had agreed to it b/c there were parts of the camp they were able to film until two people this year decided to film after filming was allowed.  I believe Nike over the freelance, poorly paid photographer who is probably just griping for a story and a steady job.  I mean, if Nike was lying I'm sure every photographer there would come out and back up their fellow man, but since that's not happening and only TWO people were filming at this point, it sounds like he was just lying to try to get a story/job.  Also, someone on like page 6 of comments said they took "the kid's" film away.  The guy is an adult freelance photographer, so that doesn't even make any sense.

He's putting on a camp to help out kids and everyone tries to find fault with him.  Guess it follows the "no good deed goes unpunished" line of thinking.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:01 pm

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

It has nothing to do with ripping Lebron it's because he is to scared to let someone see him get dunked on. The guy is a punk. He is a good ball player but he must have a very fragile ego. He needs to grow up and be a man.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:59 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

GO X!! This is good publicity for Xavier after that annoying Twitter stuff from Burrel last week. Xavier is a powerhouse and maybe people will start recognizing the name if this tape ever leaks!

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:57 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

doesn't suprise me...........we don't want to hurt sales

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:55 am

Nike does not want you to see that dunk

Hey Lebron, everyone gets dunked on, hell Iverson crossed Jordan over and we all saw it....didnt make anyone (well anyone who doesnt have an I.Q. of 40) think Iverson was better than Jordan, get over yourself superstar

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