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Jim Gray talks “Decision,” says LeBron did not pay him

Jul 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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On the one-year anniversary of The Decision, LeBron’s interviewer Jim Gray sounded like others close to the production of the event — they don’t understand all the backlash.

Gray went on the Dan Patrick Show (see the video below) and, as reported by CSN Chicago, and first he wanted to clear up the rumor he was paid by LeBron James to be part of the event.

Gray said that he’s upset people lie about him. Especially when they say that LeBron paid Gray to do the interview. Gray said that he didn’t get paid at all … it was for charity. “I wasn’t going to be the only going to be paid,” Gray said.

Gray also said he was surprised by the backlash, especially because this wasn’t easy for LeBron.

Dan asked Gray what LeBron’s mood was like before. ”You could tell this wasn’t something was easy for him,” Gray said. “It wasn’t jovial. There wasn’t any champagne or any corks going off. … I think it was a tough deal for him.”

Gray thinks it was harder than people realized for LeBron to leave Cleveland. “I think he tried his best to stay a Cavalier,” Gray said. “I think it was hard for him to recruit anyone….”

Dan asked if he could have a mulligan, what would he do differently. Gray said he wished that he explained why they were at the Boys’ and Girls’ club.

I still think it’s amazing — and speaks to how in touch everyone around LeBron was with the reality on the ground — that they were surprised by the backlash to the show. As if they think it’s all about not going to New York or Chicago or wherever. As if they explained the charity part better it would have changed the perception.

  1. tashkalucy - Jul 8, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Very probably the most over-the-top action ever taken by anything to do with sports – pro or amateur.

    And one of the underlining reasons for the lockout.

    The NBA is totally out of control. Garbage like this and other actions belongs to “leagues” like the WWF.

  2. gregjennings85 - Jul 8, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Kurt, come on. Part of your job is typing. You are the typo king.

    In your “quotes” above, you have numerous typos and missing words.

    It’s one thing when you mangle your own writings, but here, you attribute these errors to the people that are quoted.

    Case in point:

    “I wasn’t going to be the only going to be paid,” Gray said.

    and:

    “You could tell this wasn’t something was easy for him,” Gray said.

    and, not to be outdone by your closing line:

    “As if they explained the charity part better it would have changed the perception.”

    Is. That. English?

    Step it up, man!

    When you meet people, do you tell them you write for nbcsports.com? You should tell them you mangle words for nbcsports.com, that would be more on-point.

  3. n8fite - Jul 8, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    all we learned from the decision was that lebrick is a traitor

  4. georgeanderson2 - Jul 8, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    If everything took place exactly the same way, but Lebron said he was staying in Cleveland, the media and everyone would be gushing about how much of a stand up guy he is and how he understands pro sports. But he takes less money to go play for a team that was two wins from the title, he is an awful villian. The disdain for Lebron is awful. I hope the league doesn’t screw this up and miss games, because Lebron and the Heat are going to run thru the league to capture their first title next season.

    • jjstrokes - Jul 9, 2011 at 3:27 AM

      If he would’ve resigned in Cleveland they would’ve simply called it a press conference. Of course the announcement would’ve been Live on ESPN but it would’ve been hosted by the Cavs’ organization, not a full-on ESPN production. But you’re probably right; it wouldn’t have been all that different if he stayed: LeBron prolly would’ve figured out a way to draw all the attention to himself…. I almost want to quit my job & leave the South Florida area just so I don’t have to talk sports with guys like this clown. I literally haven’t heard one Heat fan say one negative about LeBron since the Decision, even after he screwed your team in the Finals. You people are sheep.

      Most people from Miami live in their own fantasy world & that has nothing to with the Heat. The Miami mentality goes like this: I’m better than you no matter what.

      Jim Gray is the “LeBron” of sports journalism. For some reason he thinks people are tuning in to watch him instead of the interviewee.

  5. n8fite - Jul 9, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    joe lewis is 137 years old

  6. bigtrav425 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Screw Jim Gray.One of if not THE most annoying commentator/announcer there is.He has always been a asshole and always will be. Especially after this interview becasue you know its all a bunch of BS coming out of his mouth.What a scumbag

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