Posted by Kevin Arnovitz
It's the story that won't go away. Today, TMZ announced that it's sitting on footage of "the dunk."
Henry wrote about the episode a couple of weeks ago, and today Ryan Miller has published a post at The Orange Segment, stipulating that TMZ's tape is not his confiscated footage:
There was another shooter in Rhodes Arena.
Jordan Crawford's dunk on LeBron James at the LeBron James Skills Academy was turned into a legend when Nike confiscated two tapes, mine included, after they may have had the slam on camera, and it appeared Nike buried the tape in the Beaverton, Oregon woods along with its failed Air Pressure sneaker.
TMZ now says they will release "the one surviving copy" of the dunk on TMZ TV today and on TMZ.com at 6:45 p.m.
No, this is not my footage. I was filming from the sideline and baseline area on the floor, as was the other cameraman that had his tape taken from Nike.
There is a freeze frame on TMZ.com to build suspense for the video's release that shows an angle from above and behind the far backboard.
The video looks pixelated, as if it was taken from a cell phone camera, but appears to be footage of the actual dunk.
The only recognizable players on the court are No. 1 Patrick Christopher of California-Berkley (No. 1) and Kansas center Cole Aldrich (far right), who were both in the pick-up game. Also, TMZ has somehow trumped the mainstream media in credibility over recent issues, and is not going to promote something so heavily if it doesn't have the footage.
There is a running track that circles above the University of Akron's Rhodes Arena court and that is the vantage point on the video.
CNBC's Darren Rovell brought to my attention this morning that BetUS, an online sportsbook and entertainment Web site -- I'm guessing that's just elaborate for gambling site -- offered $50,000 for anyone who could come forward with a tape of the dunk.