LeBron James Teases Michigan Over College Football Sign-Stealing Scandal
PHOENIX (AP) — NBA star LeBron James couldn’t resist poking fun at Michigan’s college football sign-stealing scandal following the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
James, a 19-time All-Star, playfully took a swipe at the Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh. Growing up in Ohio, home to Michigan’s biggest rival, Ohio State, James explained that the Lakers were able to decipher some of Suns coach Frank Vogel’s signals on the sideline due to their familiarity with him. Vogel previously coached the Lakers during their 2020 NBA championship win in the Florida bubble.
“The best thing about tonight is we were able to get those signals and we’ll still be able to play on Sunday,” James said, referring to the Lakers’ upcoming game. “We won’t get suspended, like that team up north.”
Michigan’s Harbaugh Banned from Coaching Remaining Regular-Season Games
The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday that Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the Michigan Wolverines, has been banned from coaching the team’s three remaining regular-season games. This decision marks an escalation in the ongoing confrontation between college football’s winningest program and the conference over a sign-stealing scheme that has sent shockwaves through the sport.
The disciplinary action was taken less than 24 hours before the Wolverines’ game against No. 9 Penn State. Despite the setback, the second-ranked Wolverines, with a perfect 9-0 record, still have a chance to win their third consecutive Big Ten title and secure the school’s first national championship since 1997.
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