Report: LeBron James Sued for Allegedly Stealing Barbershop TV Show Concept

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

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Having already hinted at a legal fight with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban over a barbershop-themed sports show, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is reportedly facing a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs contend he lifted the idea in the first place.

TMZ Sports reported Monday that Adventure Enterprises filed suit against James, claiming it originally proposed what would become James' UNINTERRUPTED show The Shop.

In The Shop, James and his guest receive a haircut and discuss sports and culture in a barbershop atmosphere:

According to TMZ Sports, Adventure Enterprises said it had worked with UNINTERRUPTED for more than two years to refine the concept and pitch it to television networks. The company argues James and UNINTERRUPTED instead split off to pitch the show on their own and removed Adventure Enterprises from the process entirely.

James had previously taken issue with Saban and Alabama football after the program teased a new show called Shop Talk produced out of Bama Cuts, the barbershop at the school's football facility:

ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin reported earlier this month UNINTERRUPTED sent a letter to Alabama, arguing the school was guilty of copyright infringement with Shop Talk.

Monica Watts, Alabama's associate vice president for communications, said the university was reviewing the situation before determining its next course of action.

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