Peter Kafka

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ESPN's Spiked LeBron James Story Is Scandal-Free, Does Mention "Panties"

Apparently I’m a full news cycle behind on this, but there’s a minor Web kerfuffle over a LeBron James story that ESPN briefly ran, than un-ran, on its Web site yesterday. You can read the backstory at Deadspin and SB Nation, among other places. And you can read the actual story here (thanks to The Awl for the link).

Warning No. 1: I’m pretty sure the link caused an exceptionally annoying pop-under + autoplay video ad to inflict itself on my browser. So be prepared.

Warning No. 2: It’s a pretty dull story, in which contributor Arash Markazi follows James and his entourage around Las Vegas for a little bit.

There’s almost nothing salacious in the piece, unless you count the fact that James visits a couple nightclubs where some employees don’t wear much clothing. It’s about as mild as HBO’s “Entourage” show itself, really.

And it’s not tremendously embarrassing for James either: It portrays him as a bit less worldly and little more star-struck than his public persona suggested up until his “Decision” this month. But that debacle did enough damage to his image, and ESPN’s reputation, that it would be hard to rough them up even more. Especially with something as tame as this.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik