Turns out The King and his associates might've stolen that idea from somebody else and he may have to pay for it.
Claiming that LeBron James and his business associates stole the idea of a video series set in a barbershop "for their own commercial gain", a MI businessman has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging trademark infringement over James's "The Shop" Web series, which airs on the National Basketball Association star's Uninterrupted platform.More news: J.Cole To Release New Album This Week
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The company claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, it pitched "Shop Talk" to UNINTERRUPTED, the site launched by James and Carter, with the barbershop as the backdrop where celebs share their business success stories while getting a haircut. The initial Alabama version, called "Shop Talk", showed a barbershop-like conversation involving Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and former Crimson Tide standouts Julio Jones, Eddie Jackson and Ryan Anderson; LeBron's version, dubbed "The Shop", had already seen a pair of episodes released prior to UA doing theirs. The show aired as a webisode.
When Adventure Enterprises confronted James' representatives about the matter, the company received an apology and was told it was a "one-time" issue that wouldn't happen again. They also want some serious cash. But subsequent episodes have aired, including a segment on ESPN.
"The company sought a payment eight months ago and were told their claim was ridiculous, and they disappeared", a source close to James and Carter told ESPN's Dave McMenamin on Monday.