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Watch: Nick Saban, LeBron James at Odds Over 'Shop Talk' Copyright Claim

LeBron James' "Uninterrupted" reportedly sent a letter to Alabama claiming copyright infringement over a new series starting the head coach.

Nick Saban does not seem too concerned about any potential legal ramifications he and Alabama may face from LeBron James and "Uninterrupted."

But James is not happy, saying just that on Tuesday night.  

It was reported recently that James' media platform sent a letter to Alabama over its new series "Shop Talk," claiming copyright infringement because of how closely the show resembles the "Uninterrupted" series "The Shop."

While the Alabama show features coach Saban and current and former Crimson Tide football stars discussing topics in a barber shop, "The Shop" has James and fellow athletes doing a similar thing.

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When asked about his reaction to a letter reportedly sent to Alabama over the issue, Saban seemed like he could not be bothered.

"I don't have a reaction to it," Saban said. "I think LeBron James is a great player. There's been at least 20 barbershop-type things I've seen on TV, I didn't know anybody owned that. I didn't even know he had one. I'm sorry that anybody could be offended by something that we were just having fun with, and I enjoyed it, and we're going to continue to do it."

James was then asked about Saban's response after the Cavaliers win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

"I mean, I think you guys know Nick Saban more than me from a media perspective," James said. "You guys know Nick Saban more than I do, so that's exactly what I would think he would say. I built UNINTERRUPTED for a reason and for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak about whatever we want to talk about. I respect him as a coach, but I'll be damned if I'll allow someone to use our platform or try to do the same thing we're doing and just think it's OK. So, the lawyers will figure it out."

In the letter reportedly sent to Alabama, people from the "Uninterrupted" said they would like to talk with people from Alabama before "rushing into legal proceedings."