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Lebron James High School – Ruled Ineligible Over Free Jerseys – January 31, 2003

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Ohio High School Athletic Association has no problem with Lebron’s $50,000 Hummer

The nation’s top high school basketball player was cleared Monday after a two-week investigation by state officials determined he did not violate amateur bylaws by accepting a Hummer H2 vehicle as a gift. Read more Cincinnatti.com

But taking some jerseys worth $850 gets him ruled ineligible.

High school basketball star LeBron James was ruled ineligible to play for the rest of the season because he accepted free clothes.
The decision today by the Ohio High School Athletic Association comes four days after James, a senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary, was cleared for accepting a $50,000 sport utility vehicle as a gift from his mother.

Last Saturday, James was given two retro sports jerseys from a clothing store. The jerseys, honoring former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers and former Washington Bullets center Wes Unseld, cost a combined $845. Read more Seattle Times

And that ruling gets reversed.

LeBron James can put his high school jersey back on for at least a few more games.

The 18-year-old basketball superstar was cleared by a judge Wednesday to continue playing after losing his eligibility for accepting two free sports jerseys, valued at $845, from a clothing store.

“It confirms our belief that the he never should have been suspended,” said James’ attorney, Fred Nance.

James still must sit out at least one more game and his eligibility remains in question pending another court hearing Feb. 19. Read more Cleveland.com

So what did we learn from this? Who is to blame? His coach? His School? The Ohio High School Athletic Association? ESPN? The sponsors? Lebron himself?

Who’s to blame? Everyone on this list and a culture that inspires facile rationalizations for athletes. Read more HerbLondon.org

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