The Twitter conspiracy theorists weighed in on ESPN's curious (but not surprising) decision to spike Arash Markazi's Most Excellent Vegas Vacation With LeBron Inc., piece and pinned it on LBJ's business henchman, Maverick Carter. Fun idea but probably not the case.
One source close to ESPN suggests that Maverick ingratiated himself with ESPN executives during the whole "Decision" negotiations and became quite aggressive about how things went down. "I bet he just called up Skipper and had that story pulled down," The Source said. But Darren Rovell talks to Team LeBron all the time, and they said this wasn't their doing. ESPN has spiked things with questionable passages before on its home page — including some Simmons columns, live chats, a Chuck Klosterman book excerpt — so if the story reappears at some point, expect some major revisions to its current 1,549 word count, most likely leaving out the the tubs full of rose petals and naked ladies and the undermining of Carter by saying he has only "one client."