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Fan who rushed court with shirt asking LeBron to return to Cleveland has ban lifted

Cleveland fan LeBron shirt

Remember that fan who ran onto the court when the Miami Heat played the Cleveland Cavaliers two seasons ago with a shirt begging LeBron James to return to Cleveland in 2014? What a nut that guy was, huh? LeBron had won two championships with the Heat and was aiming for a third. There was no chance of him ever playing for the Cavs again. Oh, wait…

James Blair wasn’t so crazy, after all. Running onto the floor at Quicken Loans Arena got him banned from Cavs games, but LeBron didn’t seem to mind. He even patted Blair on the head before he was escorted off by security. And now that LeBron has done as Blair asked, the fan will be allowed to watch King James play in person.

Fear the Sword confirmed with the Cavs that Blair will indeed be allowed at Quicken Loans Arena again this season.

Maybe LeBron told the Cavs to give the guy a break. He obviously cares about Cleveland fans on some level, otherwise he wouldn’t have returned. Hey, Blair’s stunt was at least more clever than burning LeBron’s jersey or sitting or heckling him from the stands. That’s gotta count for something.

H/T Sports Illustrated

Gabrielle Union nude photos leak and she wants FBI to investigate

Dwyane Wade Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union and husband Dwyane Wade issued a joint statement on Saturday night saying they are contacting the FBI to investigate how nude photos of the actress were leaked online.

Union, who married the Miami Heat All-Star last month, saw several private naked pictures of her get leaked.

Though many celebrities who were victims of the hacking have denied the authenticity of the photos or refused to comment, Union and Wade sent an aggressive statement.

“It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures,” Union said in a statement, via TMZ.

“I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide.”

I’m really not sure what race has to do with this considering the hackers were indiscriminate about whom they violated, not to mention that it was mostly white women who were hacked, but it’s pretty darn awful that their private photos were leaked. We feel terribly for Union, Wade and everyone else whose privacy was violated.

In addition to Union, TMZ says photos of Emily Ratajkowski, Jenny McCarthy, and Kate Bosworth were leaked. We also told you Hope Solo, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Hudgens, Leelee Sobieski, Avril Lavigne, Lake Bell and Kim Kardashian were also reportedly victims.

Previously: Hope Solo and McKayla Maroney nude photos leak
Previously: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander nude photos leak

Rex Chapman arrested for stealing and selling $14,000 worth of Apple goods

Rex Chapman

Former NBA player and Kentucky star Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday and accused of stealing $14,000 worth of goods from an Apple store in Scottsdale, according to reports.

Chapman, who earned just over $22 million during his playing career, is accused of stealing the products on seven different occasions. He allegedly would pretend like he was going through self-checkout and then not pay for the items. Chapman then allegedly sold the items for cash at a local pawnshop. Employees recognized Chapman because of his celebrity status, and the store told police about the alleged thefts in August.

Even with a plea deal, Chapman would probably face charges. He is currently facing nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.

Chapman averaged 14.6 points per game during his 12-season playing career. He was drafted eight overall by the Hornets in 1988 and spent time with the Bullets and Heat before ending his career with the Phoenix Suns.

Sexy Rexy made headlines in April when, hours before his alma mater played in the NCAA National Championship Game, he said John Calipari was leaving for the Lakers.

Dwyane Wade credits David Stern’s dress code for his passion for fashion

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Dwyade Wade is one of the most flamboyant dressers in the NBA. And for that, we can thank David Stern.

Wade has worn some of the most mind-boggling outfits and accessories you will ever see over the last several years. During a recent interview with Rob Merrill of The Associated Press, D-Wade said the dress code that Stern instituted in 2005 really got him thinking about what to wear off the court.

“It was like, ‘OK, now we got to really dress up and we can’t just throw on a sweat suit,'” Wade explained. “Then it became a competition amongst guys and now you really got into it more and you started to really understand the clothes you put on your body, the materials you’re starting to wear, so then you become even more of a fan of it.

“Obviously sometimes we push the envelope, and I think it’s because we’re athletes. We’re not looked at as guys who should wear certain things. Being flamboyant is being OK.”

The “competition” Wade referred to must involve him and guys like Russell Westbrook. We have no idea who you could call the “winner” between those two guys. One day Wade is wearing hot pink pants on his way to a game and the next Westbrook is blowing us away with some leather overalls. It’s all thanks to Stern and his disdain for baggy pants.

For more past Wade fashion follies, see below:

Dwyane Wade wears white flood pants and high black socks
Dwyane Wade wears overalls, rolled up pants to Game 3
Dwyane Wade wears capri pants
Dwyane Wade wears tango-colored outfit
Dwyane Wade’s super skinny pants
Dwyane Wade’s hot pink pants
Dwyane Wade wears glasses with no lenses
Dwyane Wade wears jacket with floral pattern

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

LeBron James hair plugs speculation resurfaces

LeBron James

The LeBron James hair debate is back. There have been numerous times throughout LeBron’s NBA career that people have wondered if he had a hair transplant of some sort or underwent a surgical procedure. That speculation has returned this week after photos surfaced that feature King James sporting a hairline that appears to be fully intact.

The photo below was taken on Tuesday. If you compare it to the picture you see above, it sure looks like LeBron’s hairline has filled in nicely.

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Dwight Howard has license suspended, ran 10 red lights

Dwight-Howard-LakersIt’s pretty safe to say that Dwight Howard does not feel the rules apply to him … or at least the rules of the road.

The Houston Rockets center had his driver’s license suspended in the state of Florida on Aug. 15 for a number of infractions.

According to court records, Howard was ticketed for running 9 red lights in 2012. He ran another one in July this year, making it an even 10 in three years.

Additionally, Reuters says he has four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license on his Orlando record. Incredibly, Howard just needs to pay a $285 fine for running a red light in Florida to resolve everything.

Prior to signing with the Rockets last year, Howard spent 2004-2012 with the Orlando Magic, where he became a menace on the road (or just a dude who runs red lights). He’s probably not in Florida enough to be seriously concerned about resolving the matter. But this means he’s more similar to Andrew Bynum than we originally thought.

This song goes out to Dwight, from LBS, keep on with those red lights …

Greg Oden reportedly had alcohol problem last season

Greg OdenDetails about a sad truth concerning Greg Oden are emerging this week: the often-injured center has an alcohol problem that was an issue last season.

In a 2012 article on Grantland, Oden told former Ohio State teammate Mark Titus that he became an alcoholic during his second season in Portland.

“If you know anything about guys in the Air Force,” Oden explained, “it’s that they drink a ton. My cousin got wrapped up in the NBA lifestyle and threw parties at my house all the time. So I got wrapped up in it too. When I played well, I’d drink to celebrate. And when I played poorly, I’d drink to forget. That second year in Portland I pretty much became an alcoholic.”

It sounds like not much has changed in that regard.

Oden, who spent most of last season on the bench for the Miami Heat while recovering from his knee injuries, was arrested last month for allegedly punching his girlfriend multiple times. He has been charged with a felony and is due in court this week. He was drinking that night and his girlfriend told police Oden “sometimes gets upset when he drinks.”

In a column this week about Oden, ESPN’s Michael Wallace discussed some of the alcohol issues the center had last seaosn.

Privately, his battle with personal demons still raged, according to multiple sources. Alcohol abuse remained a concern last season as he sat out many games because of soreness in his knees and back.
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He didn’t hang out with many teammates when he did travel, choosing instead to venture out alone or with friends outside of the team.

Additionally, Miami Heat reporter Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report said after traveling with the team last season, he was not surprised to learn that alcohol was involved in the domestic incident.

It’s really a shame with Oden. On the outside, he seems to handle the reality about being a huge bust pretty well. He’s honest about it and shares self-deprecating humor. But those are probably just attempts to mask the pain. It’s hard for anyone to live that kind of life — always injured and considered a disappointment.