LeBron James on Show Dispute with Nick Saban: 'The Lawyers Will Figure It Out'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives against the Toronto Raptors in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James fired back at Alabama head coach Nick Saban, saying he does not plan to back down from his Uninterrupted company's legal battle with the Crimson Tide.

"I respect him as a coach, but I'll be damned if I allow someone to use our platform and do the same thing we're doing and think it's OK. The lawyers will figure it out," James told reporters after Tuesday's 112-106 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.

Uninterrupted's attorneys sent a letter to Alabama threatening legal action over the school's new program called Shop Talk, which features Saban and former Tide wideout Julio Jones discussing things in a barbershop. James' company has a show called The Shop, which has a similar format and premiered last year.

Saban denied having knowledge of James' show earlier Tuesday.

"I think LeBron James is a great player," Saban told reporters. "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."

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported representatives from Uninterrupted and Alabama have been in contact this week. Both parties were reportedly open to getting the matter resolved, and the talks were described as a "productive discussion."

In the letter sent by Uninterrupted, the company expressed interest in avoiding taking matters to court. No litigation has been filed at this time.

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