Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  64 responses

Welcome to Today’s Ridiculous LeBron Controversy

Unlike any high schooler in the history of the world, a young James took puffs of the sticky icky: “LeBron James smoked marijuana during his junior year in high school. Three other members of the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary starting five smoked with him. Another drank alcohol. All this took place in a hotel room in Akron the players ‘had gotten access to,’ in the guarded words of ‘Shooting Stars,’ a book to be released in September. It amounts to James’ life story through his tumultuous high school years.”

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


  • wilz

    love the sarcastic opening tone

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

    Over/under on the number of comments before a European commenter claims that this type of behavior is the reason why American basketball players have no fundamental’s and are viewed as “cartoons” in their part of the world?

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

    does this matter? The media is always saying how athletes are role-models, so why does disclosing some information about LBJ in high school which does NOTHING but the contray help their battle against ‘non-role model athletes’? And can this be confirmed? NO. Is this just a rumor? YES. Does it damage Lebrons’ role model status? YES. Does any good come out of it? NO….But in all seriousness, he problay was just another victim of “Pass the blunt” from Farmer Jones.

  • underdog

    What a surprise. So?

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

    Well at least now we know why he gets dunked on all the time by college kids and is so soft.

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

    Doesnt everybody, athlete/non-athlete smoke weed in high school? Its just a ‘phase’.

  • FrenchKiss

    It would have been abnormal for him not to have tried the purple haze.

  • boy sanchez

    Very funny Freedom Fries..

  • German Reignman

    @ Eboy:
    that would only have been appropriate if they would have been caught outside a strip club with guns blazin

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I love how everyone is bashing that kid “JulioFranco” in the linked article.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Let him live.

  • boy sanchez

    hahaha Ben

  • cramzy

    build him up to tear him down eh? Rough summer for the king

  • neaorin

    legalize it already

  • neaorin

    besides, LeBron already admitted he smoked weed before he even set foot on an NBA court.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    I would f*cking love to smoke up with Lebron James. Excuse me DP, but play wit it.

  • Krishan

    co-sign neaorin

  • http://slamonline.com/ nicko

    this type of behavior is the reason why American basketball players have no fundamental’s and are viewed as cartoons in my part of the world!!!!!!!!!

  • #6marjons

    shock horror

  • Tenorca

    Wait. An NBA player smoked weed? Lamar Odom is outraged.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    ask and you shall receive, whitehot. Nicko (that you, Antonis?) was happy to oblige. And i agree, we are officially in the media teardown phase of Bron’s career. Been waiting for it since Cavs lost the finals against the spurs. So predictable.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Darksaber: dun worry, next season, ESPN will latch onto his ass again

  • Steve McGillicutty

    LeBron co-wrote the book. He’s taking the Obama approach. Smart.


    if that is the “big deal” of the book then it must be a pretty boring book. targeted towards bible thumpers wanting to… rebel?

  • Steve McGillicutty

    Worth pointing out that neither the hed and content of this post, nor the column it links to, really make it sufficiently clear that LeBron co-wrote this book…

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    If he co-wrote the book, why is it a big deal?

  • wow

    if this was sum1 else it would have been blown out of proportion

  • http://www.slamonline.co.uk Alex

    Wow, I actually feel some bond with LBJ for once. Smoke it up lad, life is short and the green is sweet.

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

    WARNING! cigarette smoking is dangerous. dangerous and hazardous to your health. does that mean anything to you?

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

    legalize it, and i will advertize it

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    Wow, teenagers do stupid things. Is that an exclusive? Please, Bron, don’t pull a Barkley and say you were misquoted in a book you co-wrote.

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


  • http://slamonline.com/ nicko

    LeBong James??

  • Prison Mike

    Case closed. Kobe > LeBron

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

    nicko for the win of the day

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    “Hey, Hey, Heeeee-eeeey….”

  • Airswade

    Non story…….

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    At least he didn’t smoke weed in college.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    Ha, nice B.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    To Eboy’s second comment: I am European, in fact, I’m dutch, so you know what’s legalized here. It’s hyporcrite that your country makes such a big deal out of smoking marijuana. Never done it myself, ut I believe that the media is probably getting all over this, and that American kids on messageboards will call LeBron a pothead for the next couple of years. So no, no negative comments about LeBron from me, because I think some European countries are far more liberal than your country will ever be. Don’t be arrogant, because the people who probably will make a big deal about are those conservative Fox News watching kind of idiots in your own country.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    LeBron also punches 8 month year old babies in the face. I saw it on a Youtube video. Where is Z, the blacksmith of LeBron’s diamond and platinum encrusted throne?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    I just typed 8 month year old. LOL!

  • dcballa

    best nick ever!!!!!!

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

    @ Gerard, it was meant to parody one of the most mind-numbingly basketball-dense commenters on here, but I appreciate your response just the same.

  • Bmore-Mike


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

    im glad he inhaled. now if only lamar could get kobe……..

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I didn’t smoke weed in high school bet. But who gives a sh*t anyway, lebron is a regular dude who has a lot of money why should he be held to a higher standard? Whatever..

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’m here, Jay. Nothing to say, really. Nothing to defend either.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    What’s funny is I’m the exact opposite than most of you cats here: I smoke weed and I think it shouldn’t be legalized.
    Still don’t think there’s anything wrong with Lebron trying it though.

  • MalanaCream

    me neither.

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

    well, it is called HIGH school.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    No Spaceship J, he dunks babies on stage during the ESPY’s. And this can’t be better than Ryan’s LeBron book, considering they’re sensationalizing some supposed to shock but won’t, “reveal,” like this.

  • larrylegend

    i am the bush doctor!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    And Tarzan, its also called High School High, the movie w/ Jon Lovitz and Tia Carrere.

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

    larrylegend with the win of the week. RASTAFARI! I I I

  • King Memphisto

    OHHHH! i get in LBJ, you were high when u demanded the video to be kept hidden from the world. it all makes sense now.

  • chintao

    LBJ is too bland to have had any so-called “tumultuous years”. My guess is that he never experienced anything more tumultuous than diarrhea after eating Tex-Mex.

  • larrylegend

    he he, thanks tarzan. you can’t go wrong with tosh, the master. much appreciated!
    it’s the healing of the nation, jah bless!

  • Alan

    nice to see Lebron did the same stuff we all did back in the HS/College days. Now I like him more

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    And on the seventh day, the Lord saw LeBron’s stats. And he said that they were good.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    I was wondering how Lebron became such a great passer. Puff puff pass pass!

  • larrylegend

    what about j kidd then?

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