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Nick Saban not backing down after LeBron James' threat to sue

Nick Saban says he's not planning to end his show, however, a new report claims that his comments aren't fully consistent with the ongoing talks between LeBron James' "Uninterrupted" platform and the university.


Kahron Spearman


Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that he isn't planning to end his show, which earned a legal complaint from LeBron James' Uninterrupted legal team, according to ESPN. 

 

"I think LeBron James is a great player," said Saban. "There's been at least 20 barbershop-type things I've seen. I didn't even know he had one. I'm sorry anybody could be offended by something we were just trying to have fun with. I enjoyed it and we're going to continue to do it."

 

However, James was pointed in his response to Saban's retort, after the Cavs' 112-106 win over the East-leading Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Alabama published a trailer on social media for "Shop Talk" with Saban, Atlanta Falcons receiver and former Alabama standout Julio Jones, and other former players conversing in a local barbershop.

 

Referring "concerns over copyright infringement, trademark rights, and intellectual property," per ESPN, Alabama was issued a letter with complaints that the show was too similar to Uninterrrupted's "The Shop," featuring James, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and various James associates.

 

The outlet reports that legal representatives from the university and Uninterrupted held "productive" talks on Tuesday, and are working toward a resolution. Sources said Saban's comments Tuesday were not consistent with the ongoing discussion.

You guys know Nick Saban more than I do, so that's exactly what I would think he would say. I built Uninterrupted for a reason and for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak about whatever we want to talk about. I respect him as a coach, but I'll be damned if I'll allow someone to use our platform or try to do the same thing we're doing and just think it's OK. So, the lawyers will figure it out.

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