There are many things you shouldn’t do when hanging out in a professional sports club’s locker room. Near the top of that list is “don’t take creepy pictures of athletes in various stage of undress.”
This seemingly common knowledge has been forgotten on more than one occasion recently as overeager members of the media have been caught by LeBron James taking candid photos — which is outlawed by the NBA.
After Sunday’s 123-108 win over Orlando, James was sitting at his locker stall with his head down as he scrolled through his cell phone. All he had on was a towel around his waist, so obviously he wasn’t quite ready to address the media.
Respecting his privacy, members of the media either gave him 10 feet of space or interviewed other players until he was prepared to interact.
Then all of a sudden James looked up with a baffled expression plastered on his face and signaled over a team official. Those who saw how his demeanor abruptly changed were curious to what had occurred.
It turned out that James did the equivalent of a no-look pass. Even though his head was lowered, using his peripheral vision, he some somehow managed to catch one of the media delegates taking a picture of him while he was semi-bare.
“That’s not cool, man,” James said. “I don’t miss anything.”
This person denied taking the photo and was able to manipulate his phone gallery in such a way that buried the most recent pictures taken. He got away, but others were not so successful the very next night in Miami.
The ability to manipulate a phone gallery in such a way that you bury the most recent pictures taken on a dime is a key skill. It’s just a smart way to keep yourself out of the hot seat.
Following a 106-92 loss to the Heat on Monday, James was addressing the media at his stall. On this occasion he spoke to the contingent immediately and had not gotten dressed yet. A towel was all he had on at that moment.
In the back of the scrum surrounding him, two media members in plain view were rapidly snapping photos of James with their phones while he was answering questions. This time team personnel caught the suspects in the act and removed them from the locker room.
OK. Guys. And gals. Try to keep it in your pants.
We all know James has a fantastic body but let’s try to maintain a bit of professionalism going forward.
There are plenty of blogs showcasing athlete-locker room dong out there. You’re not going to miss anything.