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01-29-2010, 02:50 PM
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Kobe-LeBron Nike ad features gun language
In faceoff with James, Bryant says, I don't leave anything in the chamber'
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LeBron James, left, and Kobe Bryant glance at each other during a game on Jan. 21 in Cleveland.
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NEW YORK - An advertisement featuring the NBA's two biggest superstars includes a gun reference, the same week two players were suspended for carrying firearms to the locker room.

The Nike ad, just inside the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, has LeBron James on one page and Kobe Bryant on the other. Along with the slogan, "Prepare For Combat," is a quote from each player showing how tough he is.

Bryant's blurb says: "I'll do whatever it takes to win games. I don't leave anything in the chamber."
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The chamber in a gun is the compartment that holds the bullet before it is fired.

Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the season Wednesday for having guns in the Washington Wizards' locker room.

Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PaceBalls
01-29-2010, 03:31 PM
I say we suspend him!
Biker #2: I say we kill him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #3: I say we hang him, then we kill him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #4: I say we stomp him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #4: Then we tattoo him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #4: Then we hang him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!!
Biker #4: And then we kill him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!!!
Pee-wee: I say we let him go.
Biker Gang: NO!!!

BillS
01-29-2010, 04:13 PM
Holy cow. There is a huge difference between explicitly using combat metaphors in an ad already comparing a game to combat vs. playing with actual guns in an actual locker room.

At this point I think someone is too sensitive.

Brad8888
01-29-2010, 04:20 PM
I read this article earlier, too.

My reaction to it was just a single word -- "So?"

Roaming Gnome
01-29-2010, 05:33 PM
Whoopty friggin' do!

Man, some will go out of their way to manufacture reasons to not like a guy.

mildlysane
01-29-2010, 05:46 PM
I say we suspend him!
Biker #2: I say we kill him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #3: I say we hang him, then we kill him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #4: I say we stomp him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #4: Then we tattoo him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!
Biker #4: Then we hang him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!!
Biker #4: And then we kill him!
Biker Gang: YEAH!!!
Pee-wee: I say we let him go.
Biker Gang: NO!!!

Thanks for that. That was hilarious!