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Gun reference attributed to Kobe Bryant in Nike ad

January 29, 2010 | 12:36 pm

Kobe Talk about bad timing...

A Nike advertisement featuring Kobe Bryant and LeBron James that ran on the inside cover of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated includes a gun reference.

Under the slogan "Prepare for Combat," a blurb attributed to Bryant  states: "I'll do whatever it takes to win games. I don't leave anything in the chamber."

James' blurb does not include a weapon reference: "Opposing teams don't realize I was a football player first. I can take those hits and give a few back too."

Earlier this week, NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season for having guns inside the team locker room. Arenas has pleaded guilty to a felony weapons charge and Crittenton plans to plead guilty to one of the two misdemeanor charges he faces.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Al Bello / Getty Images


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