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TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2009 4:29 pm
 

LAS VEGAS -- TMZ has posted a grainy video of Jordan Crawford's now-famous dunk on LeBron James.

Click this link to be underwhelmed.

As I wrote earlier, there was no way the actual dunk would ever match the hype of the dunk, and that seems to be the case. I mean, it looks just about like every other one-guy-dunks-on-another-guy highlight you've ever seen, only difference being you can hardly see it because of the poor quality of the video. And that's why Nike was silly to try to prevent the public from seeing this, because its actions led to freelance photographer Ryan Miller telling me how Nike Senior Director Lynn Merritt confiscated his tape of the dunk, which led to me writing about it , which led to tons of negative headlines nationally and even a skit on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

It's been a public relations nightmare for Nike and, to a lesser degree, James.

And never had to be this way.

Had Nike let Miller keep his tape, a few thousand people woud've seen Crawford dunk on James via YouTube. It would've probably been linked on The Big Lead and Deadspin, and that's about it. But because of Nike's mishandling of the situation, a few million people will now see Crawford dunk on James via TMZ, and Nike's image has been considerably bruised in the process, all because of a power-hungry executive who overstepped his boundaries trying to protect somebody who never needed to be protected in the first place.

UPDATE: Ebaumnation.com has a better version up now.
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Comments

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:59 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

I totally agree...WHO CARES!  Some of the greatest players of all time have been dunked on.  It was stupid that this was news. 



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:45 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

they bumped my coverage of the Tiddlywinks Championship for this!  Lame!



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:32 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

I hope he realizes that he made himself look like a crybaby for having nike confiscate the tape. If he would've said oh well and let the tape be shown it wouldn't have been so bad. I think it made his reputation look worse since he took the tape and then showed it after a few weeks. Crybaby Bitch.



Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 8:15 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

VERY VERY disappointing. i was expecting some epic, owning-of-the-year type dunk....
they actually felt the need to censor that?



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 8:10 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

Who's LaBron James?



Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:52 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

LeBron got beat on one play by a guy who earned it.  Even the best get beat from time to time.  What upsets me, and should upset everyone else is that Nike tried to hide it.  Why hide the truth?  I'm sure if Nike sponsored Goliath, the story would be that Goliath blew out a hamstring and David was given the victory by default.  Very Orwellian, trying to alter reality and control the messaging/imagery of a real life incident.  Give it up to LeBron for not being afraid to take the court-he had everything to lose, nothing to gain.  Give it up to the kid who dunked on him-he's got a story to tell for life.  And boycott Nike, because who knows what else they are trying to hide.  Maybe the original video of the slavedriver in an Indonesian sweatshop telling some kid "Just Do It" (or your family doesn't eat) exists somewhere too.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:26 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

go to youtube and you can find a video of Derek Smith dunking on MJ, does that make any less of a player than what he was.......heck no. This whole deal is dumb.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:24 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

saw the tape.........he didn't even really dunk on him

a total waste of time and no reason to "cover it up"


mikesyr17
Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:23 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:03 pm
 

TMZ releases video of Crawford dunking on LeBron

What a waist of time... this is what has been kept under wraps for so long? The kid deserves credit for drunkin on Lebron, but thats it. This video should have never been taken because in all reality it's no good. Where is the video of Lebron dunkin on all the other kids like 50 times during that game?


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