A few hours after Nick Saban commented that the University of Alabama football program will keep making episodes of of its multimedia show called “Shop Talk,” NBA great LeBron James made it clear that he’s ready to get his lawyers involved regarding what he believes is copyright infringement.
Obviously, Saban doesn’t agree with James’ interpretation of the law, or at least the university’s attorneys don’t.
On Monday, James’ multimedia show “Uninterrupted” sent Alabama officials a letter claiming that the Crimson Tide’s “Shop Talk” infringed upon its copyright and intellectual property rights because both were set in a barber shop.
“Uninterrupted” has aired two episodes, with a third already shot. Alabama debuted “Shop Talk” last week featuring NFL players players Ryan Anderson, Eddie Jackson, Julio Jones and Saban casually talking about the Crimson Tide.
Alabama’s’ barber shop is part of the new addition to the football building, which is otherwise still under construction. Numerous former players train in Tuscaloosa and are regularly around the program.
“I think LeBron James is a great player,” Saban said during his press conference on Tuesday. “There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen on TV, I didn’t know anybody owned that. I didn’t even know he had one. I’m sorry anybody could be offended by something we were just having fun with. I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”
James fired back while talking with reporters in Cleveland following the Cavaliers’ 112-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
“That’s exactly what I would think he would say,” James said. “But I built “Uninterupted” for a reason, for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak your mind about whatever we want to talk about.
“I respect him as a coach, but I’ll be damned if I allow someone to use our platform or try to do the same thing we’re doing and just think it’s OK.
“The lawyers will figure it out.”
LeBron addresses Alabama's "Shop Talk" and Nick Saban's comments about being unaware of Uninterrupted's "The Shop" series: "The lawyers will figure it out." pic.twitter.com/5Ovx1EAuHN
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) April 4, 2018
Either way, both shows will now only get more attention and any recruiting push Alabama was going to get out of the shop and show just got magnified by about a billion times.