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Atlanta nightclub sues LeBron James

Mar 8, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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Pretty much wherever LeBron James goes, there is a party.

In many cities where the Heat play, there are parties at clubs, ones where LeBron is paid to attend (and his friends end up making some money on the deal, think the show Entourage). But now the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a deal over parties when James is coming to Atlanta has led to a lawsuit.

Atlanta’s Opera nightclub is suing the Miami Heat player and the Gold Room over an appearance James is scheduled to make later this month.

In a complaint filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court, Opera accuses James of reneging on a promise to appear for one hour on March 17, for which he was to be paid $25,000. James, who last summer infamously jilted his longtime team the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Heat, will be in town the night before Miami is scheduled to play the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

The conflict arose when James’ agent said competing club, the Gold Room, was also pursuing him for a special appearance. The suit claims James’ agent had already taken a $12,000 deposit and a second for $3,000 when he notified Opera on March 4 that James would not appear and would go to the Gold Room appearance instead.

The plantif later told the AJC that the issue is with the “agent” that is promoting the party, Chubbie Baby. As Matt Moore noted over at CBS Eye On Basketball, our promoter is an Ohio-based rapper, complete with a gun charge arrest required of all rappers.

If I were cynical, I would say that someone set up the deal with Opera then got a better offer from Gold Room and tried to switch. But I’m not going to be cynical, and I’m not going to pretend to know what really went down.

I’ll also let you draw your own broader implications, if you so choose.

  1. smashmouthrb25 - Mar 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    shouldnt you focus more on basketball…the playoffs are what…6 weeks away…instead of trying to get the offense in sync he is more concerned about getting paid for a party…

  2. mediamikey - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    You should just rename this site…WE-HATE-LEBRON.com or MIAMI-HATERS.com

    No NFL means all media outlets have to grip on the most stupid stories about any member of the Miami Heat… including NBC & ESPN….

    • nixonotis - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:49 AM

      When you decide to go on national television and proclaim that you’re “taking [your] talents to South Beach,” you’ve invited this type of scrutiny. They’re the New York Yankees of basketball now. Remember all those ridiculous stories about A-Rod tanning in Central Park? Yeah, now it’s Lebron’s turn.

      • hnirobert3 - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:40 AM

        Are you sad that your life has come to obsessing about an athlete you dislike?

  3. aqzi - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    LeBron…you think Kobe ever got paid to attend a nightclub the night before a game?

    • savocabol1 - Mar 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      You think Kobe hangs out with/is represented by someone with a name like “Chubbie Baby?”

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      Nah, Kobe hangs out in hotels in Eagle, CO.

  4. thestudiokida - Mar 8, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    You people are idiots. Yes Kobe has been paid for all sorts of appearances during the season. Who cares? This is their personal life we’re talking about, not basketball.

  5. bigtrav425 - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    The thing i wonder is..if Lebron realizes that he will never reach his “global icon” status now?

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