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LeBron James skips OSU/Miami after he can't get a police escort

Sep 13, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_numberone.pngOh, LeBron. We know you’re not just a big walking ego. We get why you went to Miami and that you took less money to do it. We think the trio of you in Miami is going to work out. We’re not on board with the “hate all things LeBron” trend that seems to have swept parts of the Internet.

So please stop doing poorly thought out things that have us writing these types of stories.

LeBron James was not on the sidelines of the Ohio State thrashing of Miami Saturday, despite the fact he was expected. Why? Our sister blog at NBC Out of Bounds has the story, via the Cleveland Leader.

James reportedly asked Ohio State University’s Police Department for a full escort for his arrival at the Buckeyes vs. Hurricanes game on Saturday, but was rather quickly denied.

A source says that at best he’ll get one police officer to escort him, and that “he made his decision.”

So LeBron went back to St. Vincent-St. Mary football game instead. Which is kind of cool. But dude, if you don’t want to come off as a big walking ego, stop doing things that make you look like it. Please.

  1. J. McCann - Sep 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    If I was him I would not be out in public in Ohio without a large police escort or a ton of his own private security with guns.

  2. Jake - Sep 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Who cares. I can’t wait for the season to start so we can have news that matters.

  3. Bob - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Please stop pointing out that LeBron took less money to play with the Heat. We all know by now the tax differences between FL and OH. And is he making under 10 mil? F*ck no. Stop perpetuating the myth.

  4. D-Mack - Sep 14, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    He took less money, get over it
    Giving the reaction of the fans in Ohio, what’s wrong with asking for a police escort?

  5. Phil - Sep 14, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Lebron took more money. He doesn’t have to pay taxes on his income.
    See: http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/07/09/did-saving-25-million-taxes-fuel-lebron-james-miami-heat-pick/

  6. Jon - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    The tax savings aren’t as much as you think. In professional sports the athletes are taxed separately for each game they play based on the income taxes for that state.
    So half of his games will be played in FL and won’t be subject to FL state income tax. The other games will be taxed at whatever rate is applicable in the various states.

  7. Ruben - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    What is he going to do on Dec 2 when he won’t even have 1 cop escorting him. We here in Cle cannot wait for that day, basketball will be secondary. RuPaul and Wade better have his back…

  8. ARLISA WILLIAMS - Sep 25, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    I’m a cleveland resident,he had the right to choose where he want to play his game.i hope that team beat the cavs after the way DAN GILBERT talked about that young man when he made alot of money for the cavs organization also that was the first time in the history of the cavs that they had sold out games and when miami come and play the cavs in december i hope people act like adults.

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