In 2009, LeBron James held his Skills Academy when two videographers recorded a pickup game in which Jordan Crawford dunked on LeBron.
According to some reports, a Nike representative was the one in charge of confiscating tapes of the dunk after consulting with LeBron about it
A Nike representative, who was at that time running the camp at the University of Akron, which is, by the way, James' hometown, made no mention of Crawford's dunk. He would mention that the tapes were confiscated because videotaping of after-hours pickup games was not allowed.
"Nike has been operating basketball camps for the benefit of young athletes for decades and has long-standing policies as to what events are open and closed to media coverage. Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, two journalists did not respect our no videotaping policy at an after-hours pickup game following the LeBron James Skills Academy," said Nike spokesman Derek Kent.
Ryan Miller, who videotaped the dunk and had his tape confiscated, detailed the events to CBSSports.com.
"[Nike Basketball senior director Lynn Merritt] just said, 'We have to take your tape,' " Miller said. "They took it from other guys, too."
Miller said he had been filming all day and had his tapes confiscated only after Crawford's dunk over James.
"LeBron called Lynn over and told him something," Miller said. "That's how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, 'Hey, Lynn. Come here.' "
Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tape.
"There's nothing I can think of besides LeBron just not wanting it online," Miller said. "It's a good story to tell people, I guess. But then again, I'm kind of pissed. I lost my tape."
Crawford said his dunk happened in the first 20 minutes of a game that lasted about two hours and did not prompt any reaction from James.
"We just went on playing," Crawford said Wednesday. "It was exciting just to be playing on the same court as him. I can see why he is so great at what he does."