We Now Know Why LeBron Wouldn’t Meet with The Undertaker Before the Cavs Season Opener (Pics)
Remember when LeBron wore that Undertaker t-shirt when the Cavaliers were down 3-1 to the Warriors in the NBA Finals?
Lebron should wear WWE shirts at media days more often. Playing like the Undertaker at Wrestlemania right now pic.twitter.com/mA3HgGOFzp
— Bmurph (@hprumb) June 14, 2016
Well, as you may have heard, the Cavaliers came back and won that series. So on opening night this year, when they received their championship rings and hoisted their championship banner to the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena, the organization invited The Undertaker to the game for a fun little photo op.
— Dave Chudowsky (@DaveChudowsky) October 25, 2016
A lot of Cavs came out of the locker room to meet the WWE legend, including Chris Andersen, Richard Jefferson, and Kevin Love. But LeBron, the guy responsible for the Cavs-Undertaker connection? He refused to meet with the guy, even though he stood outside the locker room for an hour.
Why the snub? Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon recently shed some light on that:
“Here’s a life lesson. If you don’t have an appointment, don’t already know James personally, aren’t a business associate or a small child, the odds of “meeting” James before or after a Cavs game in or near the locker room are not great. I once saw Houston Astros stud second baseman Jose Altuve try to get a meeting with James after a game against the Houston Rockets in Texas. The request came through various team PR officials. Let’s just say James had no interest.
“Another rule. James is not cool with someone purposefully trying to make money or gain fame through him, away from the court. In other words, no PR stunts that don’t benefit James. He wore an Undertaker T-shirt. For him, that’s enough.”
Of course, on the one hand this makes sense. When you’re LeBron James pretty much everybody wants a piece of you, and it’s got to be absolutely exhausting. Sometimes you just have to say no.
On the other hand, it does seem like this is the kind of meet-n-greet LeBron probably could have taken two minutes out of his day for, no? I mean, the guy was obliging the Cavs’ request for some corporate brand synergy. Couldn’t he have taken one for the team and just snap a quick photo for Instagram?
Hat Tip – [FTW]