Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 pm  |  117 responses

Video: ‘Confiscated’ LeBron Tape, Released

Well, they say it’s always better live…

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Crawford legitimately got him. Props, but he wouldn’ve stood a chance in a real game.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    not a big deal … it’s hard to become humble

  • jMiguel10

    dude laughing is just scarey

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    Wasn’t even THAT nasty.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    In speaking to one of the SLAM writers a few minutes ago…I said to him that Bron barely jumps on the attempt. He said he didn’t expect anyone to try and crush one on him. I think it’s pretty obvious that Lebron made little attempt to play the dunk and Jordan made a great play at the rim. It’s really way less exciting than I thought it was going to be.

  • Esco

    That’s it? All that for this?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    That Lebron steal, behind the back pass to the dude cutting and that dude’s pass to the guy for the finish was 50 times better than the dunk.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Co-sign Eboy. Crawford wouldn’t have gotten to the lane if the game was more than a scrimmage. Still, dude has guts.

  • riggs

    must be the high angle cause that was kinda meh.

  • Esco

    Alot of people must be feeling really stupid now…

  • Not Ryan Jones

    On July 10, Farmer Jones wrote:
    “Jordan Crawford dunked on LeBron James. Yes, this really happened! It was a nice dunk — not remotely in the Carter on Weiss category, not even close — but a nice dunk nonetheless. LeBron wasn’t playing anywhere near full-speed, but he was still out there competing, and he got caught by a great play from a talented young college player. No excuses.”

    “Certainly, I recognize the shortsighted stupidity of whoever thought it would be a good idea to hide the visual evidence of a dunk that was witnessed by multiple media reps. Certainly nobody asked me not to write about the dunk. Certainly it wasn’t hard to predict that a lot more people are now writing about it than actually saw it happen. Certainly somebody blew this.”

  • vic21

    all this mess for this weak dunk? I was hoping for something more…I don’t know….decent?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Not as many as you think, Esco. Who *truly* thought the dunk would be a disaster for LeBron?

  • jay

    what’s with the errors :-(

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    @ Ryne……..well if you looked at the comments of the readers of this website, you’d think that Lebron was now the basketball equivalant of Brian Bosworth.

  • Fat Lever

    Lebron is foolish for pulling the tape. If this were released after it happened with little fanfare, most bball heads wouldn’t have really cared much for it. A nice dunk, but nothing epic, at least from that angle. “He got a big egoooooo”, maybe B was talking about Lebron instead of Jigga’s lips.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    … Oh, you’re talking about the “confiscators”…

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    I can’t believe Nike went out of their way to stop this…made a MUCH bigger deal than it is. The setup was definately better than the finish.

  • Fat Lever

    And it looks like Lebron’s still Lebrick from the line…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Eboy, isn’t it fair to say that he *is* The Boz’s hoops equivalent, at least at this very moment?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alex

    Least it’s out. Teaches nike a lesson, stick to making gear, not playing media mogul. In a mental context, probably been better if it didnt come out, I had it pictured so much better but ah well. ‘Bron got caught off guard in a scrim, pathetic it got held back so long. Still I hope it brought him at least a bit closer to the reality of our planet. Still… props to crawford for seeing the oppurtunity and the audacity to do it on the queen at his own camp.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Ryne, GTFOH here with that sh*t! Bozworth was never ever considered a top 10 linebacker in the NFL, let alone spoken as an all-time great. Please broham, that’s just silly.

  • Esco

    Just by the lack of comments on this post, it’s evident that most people who thought that it would have been a Carter on Weiss moment are really disappointed that they have nothing to hate on now. It’s pathetic really. All of this for nothing. More publicity for Nike and LeBron. Bad publicity is still better than no publicity.

  • Felix

    anybody have a link to tayshaun prince dunk on lebron? that one is pretty sick… I know this happened… maybe bron’s first or second year…

  • Felix

    alright, so he kind of spins past him… still not a good look for the king though…

  • Jacob

    wow, that was it? that was nothing

  • http://mvn.com/thenolookpass Rey-Rey

    LeBron and Nike made it a way bigger deal than it should have been. They come out looking way worse.

    I’ve seen better dunks, obviously, but a poster is a poster. Way to go, LeBron. You blew it yet again.

  • dave

    not that great. way too much hype.

  • Dallas STOKES


  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    Esco relax lil buddy, it’s just a dunk. yes your go..er, man Jesus James got dunked on. And now dunkgate is over and no-one outside of yourself is overreacting to it. So chill out dukes.

  • freshest korean

    jordan crawford is better than lebron.

  • Felix

    lebron drove his H2, filled with all of his endorsement contracts and his MVP, with his kids in the back, playin “we are the champions” in surround, over to jordan crawford’s house, hopped out of his car, tossed crawford the keys and said, “You pwned me. You are now the king of basketball on earth.take my H2 full of loot, and may your reign last a thousand years, your highness” …then he went to Chili’s and drank like twelve beers…while crying… this happened tuesday…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    he should have been more worried about that free throw brick being taped than that dunk…

  • max

    wasnt worth the hype

  • Felix


  • WhaHos

    It was still a facial, Jordan didnt exaggerate

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and Ebaum outbid tmz AND ESPN?? Because the second link was a better clip..

  • Felix

    I dont think this kid wants any part of king james in the future… he’s the type of dude who remembers things

  • Jake

    the hype was better then the dunk

  • Not Ryan Jones

    You can see the guy who filmed the TMZ video in the ebaum video.


    http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawford-dunks-on-lebron-james_____>>>>>>>>>>>>> TMZ vid._________Nike and Lebron REALLY look stupid now. SMH.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-Hoops4life- Overtime

    Wouldnt say Bron barely jumped, his entire forearm gets above the rim (yeah, I know, its Bron, but still)

  • Felix
  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @the kids saying that LEbron didn’t jump(yeah, it’s you Eboy): Lebron’s elbow is at rim level(check the second video).This is not Lebron’s peak BUT you cannot get your peak standing steal under the basket (whoever has played the game above the rim knows what i am saying).Bottom line: Lebron gave his best(maybe his “summer-league physical condition” best but the same can also be said for the college guy) to block the dunk but he just failed.NO BIG DEAL.GET OVER IT. All the great defenders are getting dunked on and that is because they actually really try to make block shots even when out of position. You think Ewing, Mutombo and Alonzo are at all those dunk-posters cause they were easy to get dunked on…?? (O.K maybe Shawn Bradley was…) By the way: this was a really good dunk.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    it isnt coming up
    is this the one?

  • jose

    hmm.maybe that was y they did it….i mean lebron loves the attention he got proly.theres no such thing as bad PR as dey say. who knows

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    The dude laughing in the background was still hilarious. He realized what had just happened lol.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh my goodness. What the f*ck was the big deal about. Lebron wasn’t even the on-the-ball defender, he was just a help defender after whatshisface’s man got beat. And yeah Bron barely tried, too – so there wasn’t anything to really be shameful about, was there? This wasn’t even worth hushing up. Way to go Nike for making themselves and Lebron look hella insecure.

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    You guys changed the angle from the first video you showed. The first one was from the other end of the court.

  • Prison Mike

    I want to see the video of Nike demanding the tape!

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    you guys are funny, lebron got his hand etc. over the rim, that counts as trying. dude caught lebron, it was nice, but not great. and next week it will be over, NOT

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I just think it’s silly how this was handled, on hindsight and in light of how pedestrian that dunk was. It’s not like Lebron got beat off the dribble or destroyed one-on-one. I don’t think the issue of whether he tried/jumped matters, either. He was the help defender, and he jumped, and got dunked on. Nothing in that tape shows that he was a bad defender or anything that is worth being ashamed of. Zo and Yao and Mutombo and Ewing get dunked on all the time too, but this detracts nothing from how good they are. Big bloody deal. Horrible PR move. It’s not like this was VC on Frederick effing Weis. Good grief.

  • rob stewart

    Jordan Crawford now has a place in basketball history forever.

  • luv2ball

    How come the dude who gets dunked on always yells “Whose man is that”

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long


  • Rusty

    I’d be pretty happy if that was me banging on lebron. But it wouldve been discussed for bout two minutes had the video not been confiscated

  • Prison Mike

    Thanks to this video, the Supreme Court needs to define what actually counts as “getting dunked on”

  • Soundproof

    Big deal, you’re bound to get dunked on, weak jam!

  • luv2ball

    @Prison Mike

    In college my teammates and I came up with these rules:

    If you jump and try to block it, you were dunked on.

    If you try and take a charge, and you get Liptoned (or Snappelled) you were dunked on

    If someone jumps over your back on a rebound tip dunk, you were dunked on

    If you are under 6’4″ and the player who dunks on you is 6’8″ and above it does not count because that person is supposed to do that.

    If you are over 6’4″ and get dunked on by anyone 6’7.9″ and below it counts.

    If you are over 6’8″ and get dunked on by anyone under 6’0″ you must leave the court.

  • Prison Mike

    @Luv2ball- I like those rules. Whether LeBron was “trying hard” or not doesn’t matter because often times in the NBA, players are not giving their best effort defensively.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    ”If you are under 6′4″ and the player who dunks on you is 6′8″ and above it does not count because that person is supposed to do that”: weak sauce.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Who cares about the dunk itself? Did Lebron ask Nike to confiscate the tapes or not?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    It was nice but Lebron was like “meh” after it. Dude was jogging the whole pick up game. play wit it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    WAY too much effort for too little of a deal. He got dunked on, but that was a “Yeah, you got me” dunk, not a “Damn I got dunked on dunk.” But because of the self-perpetuated hype, now it is. Congratulations.

  • La Maravilla

    All that hype for this lame ass dunk so what he dunk on lebron I bet anything he can’t stop lebron

  • Simmy Sosa

    I assumed it was an alley, 360, between the legs, and that he put his balls on his chin. I was so wrong…

  • Yesse

    Finally its out!Thanks to the pressure from the fans and the haters.The dunk is like ok, not that amazing.If it would not have been consfiscated by LeBron or Nike, it probably would have not been that big of a deal.

  • master24

    i’m not a big lebron fan but it wasn’t a big deal.. it wasn’t that nasty.. it’s the fault of nike for confiscating it and became a big deal..

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.
  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Y.A.W.N. In other news, last night in a packed Arena (around 8500 spectators), Kob’s threw 15 autographed B-Balls into the crowd after his clinic. Yours truly caught one with his left hand, while still filming with his right (a group of unlucky frenchies standing next to me fumbled the catch and tipped it to me.. a’int that a biatch?). My buddy back in Europe who adores Kobe is in for a nice X-Mas present.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    what is the big deal, didnt Courtney Lee do this in a game? And everytime Miami and Cleveland play, do Lebron and Wade not taking turns dunking on each other/blocking each other’s shots?

  • BostonBaller

    #1 this does NOT take away from LeBrons Beast of a game #2 Yes he got banged on #3 It looked like he tried to block it to me and got surprised #4 The dunk did NOT suck and if it were LeBron or whoever you like as a baller doing the same dunk you would say it was nasty (don’t lie) #5 I think it was more of Bron than Nike wanting the tape taken even though Bron played it cool after the dunk #6 Haters of Bron need to stop making this monumental and lovers of Bron need to just admit he got banged on and it was a nice dunk. Kiss and make up, it’s just hoop. (http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawford-dunks-on-lebron-james)

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    Slam-a-da-month ish 132!

    With all the hype, “Dunkgate” how can it not be?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    remember when lebron told his mom to sit her a$$ down?

  • MB

    that was a good dunk but nothing special. it just funny that lebron had them confiscate the tape because it wasnt that bad.

  • http://kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    So that’s it?..It’s a nice pound but, all the hype made this dunk seem like it was the greatest dunk ever..

  • matt

    it was a great dunk, but a non issue if not confiscated

  • Joseph

    It was okay. If there was like an ESPN slow motions and HD replay, that would be good. Thanks!

  • mr bad

    i give and take this kind of dunks each time i play, thought it was badder than this, there is no shame in takin a dunk lie this one ( rudy gay on scola is for my concern is truely humiliating), at least you try not to allow it.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    Blacksportsonline is reporting after a meeting with doctor Buss Lamar & LA are close to signing a deal. (4 yrs 40 mill) dunno if this site is legit, but it’d be nice to roll outta bed tommorow & read about it here.

  • jc

    why wasnt that released in the first place? that was weak

  • luv2ball

    @mr bad Rudy gay on scola was truly a lipton scola got planters all in his mouth, salted and roasted.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    So now the real question is: why is his ego so fragile that a dunk and video THAT crappy would have to get pulled? God Lord, it’s shiiite no one will care 10 minutes later. What a let down (unlike the Erin Andrews vid – that is horrible and not a let down – she does squats nude to firm her heinie).

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    really? i cant believe this…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It would have looked better, had he dunked on Kobe you say?

  • http://Slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Glad to hear that you had such a great experience Dark. Anti-Mike has made many mistakes in the past.. Public mistakes.. Mistakes that he’s paid for.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Powerslave

    Repent, sinners. For all ye hath angered the Chosen One, and he will bring vengeance upon thee.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    thanks Jay, and you’ll be glad to know i called him that in our little one on one (only bit of teasing i got in while talking to him) and even explained where i got the term from. He just laughed it off.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    good one, Powerslave

  • Babygab

    Nice jam,
    but wasn’t worth all the circus… Come on !!!

  • riggs

    whether it was a good dunk or not, help defense or whatever. he got DUNKED on. end statement.

  • Randy Brown

    Jesus that was a let down. But I don’t know it couldn’t be after all the nonsense. End the nonsense, that’s what I say. Nice and vague. Have at it, play wit it, etc etc

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    Lol, your kidding me Dark, that’s hilarious. I made up the term after reading an article from S.I. stating that “Kobe is tracing Jordan’s career, yet he is tracing it backwards.” I’m a THOUSAND PERCENT sure that he internalized that joke way more than he expressed in his reaction.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    so am i Jay. There was an instant where he kinda twitched, and looked over at his handlers/bodyguards, as if weighing his options. He still signed a Tee for me though and was generally nice to chat with.

  • yno0o

    its not that nasty/rude.., if it is a tomahawk dunk.., its going to be so0o0o0o0o nice

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    Ahahaha, again hilarious Dark

  • Seven deuce

    good grief, all the hype over this?! now i really am annoyed by Lebron. dude get over yourself.

  • Joe Clark

    Its not like he really dunked on him. LeBron was on the other side of the rim and he came over. Dude didnt just flat out VC his ass.

  • David Curran

    I cant belive this was so hyped

  • Robert Lumbad

    its SENSELESS! i love lebron still!

  • Ders

    all that mess for THIS?. wow.

  • John

    eemmm… okaaay…

  • Flash

    not a Big deal… y didn’t they wanna show it in the 1st place? it was nothing special anyway its like a normal dunk and lebron just tried to challenge on it. lebron’s camp made a mistake, they only made lebron look bad for not showing this in public before

  • cballer

    Ok,he dunked on Lebron. so what? they should’ve just showed it. and nobody would care. bball is not just about dunking on somebody.

  • C-Mac

    booo friggedy who someone dunked on lebron .even the best players get embarrassed sometimes

  • Will

    because i’ve got dial-up im a bit pissed off that ive wasted 20 minutes loading this video

  • kj

    The only reason it was ever a big deal is how eveyone has made Lebron out to be a basketball god.If he stands the test of time then he may be one of the best of all time.Of course he is going to look great on a team like the cavs no one on there can hold a candle to him.Put him on a team full of stars and see how good he really is.I guess my problem with him is the man has no class,and people need to stop this Kobe Lebron debate he hasnt even come close to Kobe yet.

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.com donlaker

    so what is the big deal bron was late rotating to the lane and gave up a shaun bradley dunk

  • Kuba

    Expected something much more exciting

  • loonytune

    Thats was the most overated dunk in basketball history. Now The media got jordan crawford doing interview like he some super star, please lets stop wasting our time talking bout its all bull crap.

  • Jay

    See thats why they should’ve just released it earlier cuz it really wasn’t all that nice. Props to J.Crawford tho.

  • bubs40G

    impressive but realize that Bron was playing at 45 percent and the hyperbole surrounding this was overblown…

  • jjoe

    not that much of a deal lebron can kill that guy anyway

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice dunk. Who CARES how hard LeBron was playing? He got facialed. Its freakin sweet to watch it. Sure, its not a big deal, but the fact that LeBron and co. tried to confiscate the tapes actually makes the video that much more enjoyable. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to rewatch Al Harrington jamming on LeBron… then Alston slapping Ed House.

  • g

    Hey Lebron. . .Lebron!, have you seen Kobe’s 4 championship rings?

  • bigjobob

    Wow! Crawford is the best player in the world now!!

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