"This is about the last thing I'm trying to worry about right now, my agent and my legal team will take care of it, but yeah I know [Great Lakes] is trying to benefit off of me," James said, per Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon. "And I heard they were the same company that made all those 'Quitness' beers, and now they're trying to benefit off me this way? Yeah, it's pretty funny."
James inadvertently gave Great Lakes free publicity when he grabbed a bottle of Dortmunder Gold during Cleveland's Game 1 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In a since-deleted tweet, Great Lakes used a photo of LeBron holding the beer to promote a sale for Dortmunder Gold. WKYC in Cleveland shared a photo of the tweet:
In addition to any personal hostility he may still feel toward Great Lakes, there's a practical reason for LeBron's frustration over the company's advertisement.
As one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, James is selective with whom he chooses to publicly endorse. Vardon spoke to a source close to the four-time NBA MVP who said James would typically command at least $2 million for something similar to Great Lakes' tweet.