LeBron James defies Heat security, fulfills photo requests from military personnel
The Heat were on their way from Miami to Portland to kick off a road trip a few weeks back when they had to stop at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City to refuel. During the stopover, the Heat went to a terminal lounge to stretch their legs or perhaps grab a treat from Cinnabon.
That’s where about a dozen uniformed servicemen noticed the players and approached Heat security guards asking if they could snap some photos with LeBron James and Co. But the guards declined their request. (Evidently, the Heat’s security doesn’t mess around.)
Not if LeBron had anything to do with it. James overhead the pleas of the military helicopter pilots, who were also stopped over in OKC for refueling, and convinced the guards to let them through.
“Hey, hey,” LeBron said, according to the The Oklahoman. “Any of these military guys can take a picture with us.”
“Hey, everybody get up,” he said to his teammates. “Get in a circle here. Anybody that wants their picture taken with us, we’ll do it.”
When it was over and all the future Facebook photos were taken, the servicemen left stunned: “Can you believe that? Who would’ve ever thought?”
And based on the last few days, it looks like LeBron is doing just about all he can to shed the “villain” tag he despises. So, see? LeBron’s not such a bad guy after all. But I get the feeling Cleveland isn’t impressed.
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