In a press conference yesterday, Nick Saban planted Bama’s flag at the 50 yard line in the brewing legal battle between Alabama and LeBron James digital media company Uninterrupted by saying the Tide will continue filming their barbershop conversation social media series Shop Talk.
“I’m sorry someone can be offended by something we were having fun with.”
Nick Saban responds to LeBron James 👀 pic.twitter.com/8yhS98RJGJ
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 3, 2018
The legal drama stems from a cease and desist letter sent by James’ legal representatives, alleging the Tide’s show infringes on the copyright and intellectual property of their own barbershop feature, The Shop.
Following the Cavs 112-106 win over the Raptors, James issued his first public comments on the matter when asked about Saban’s statement. He isn’t backing down either.
“I’ll be damned if I allow someone to use our platform, or try to do the same thing we’re doing, and just think it’s ok.”
James is understandably protective of his brand, but it may a tough legal sell to make the argument that LeBron James and Uninterrupted are exclusively entitled to the ‘platform’ of barbershops to have conversations on camera. If this was the case, Ice Cube may have a claim against James for infringing on the intellectual property of Barbershop.
Here’s LeBron, non-attorney spokesperson.
LeBron addresses Alabama’s “Shop Talk” and Nick Saban’s comments about being unaware of Uninterrupted’s “The Shop” series: “The lawyers will figure it out.” pic.twitter.com/5Ovx1EAuHN
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) April 4, 2018