NBA star LeBron James and Alabama football coach Nick Saban are at odds over a video tweeted by the official Crimson Tide account. Alabama conducted a barbershop interview between Saban and former star wide receiver Julio Jones, which led to LeBron’s legal team sending a letter over concern of copyright infringement.
James’ show is titled “The Shop,” and it airs on his UNINTERRUPTED platform.
Saban’s, meanwhile, was titled “Shop Talk.”
After news surfaced that there was concern over potential copyright infringement, Saban said he would continue doing the videos because they are something fun for the team.
“There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen on TV,” Saban said, via AL.com. “I didn’t know anybody owned that. I didn’t know he had one. I’m sorry that anybody could be offended by something that we were just having fun with. I enjoyed it. And we’re going to continue to do it.”
That generated a response from LeBron, who said his lawyers will continue to handle the issue.
“I respect him as a coach,” James said, “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.”
If LeBron’s lawyers don’t get to Saban and company in time, the next episode of “Shop Talk” is set to be released on Wednesday.