NBA star LeBron James skips doping news conference

By Chris Toothill, BBC Sport sports news correspondent LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio NBA superstar LeBron James declined to comment on the trials and tribulations of a young basketball star jailed for…

By Chris Toothill, BBC Sport sports news correspondent

LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio

NBA superstar LeBron James declined to comment on the trials and tribulations of a young basketball star jailed for conspiracy to traffic heroin and cocaine at a news conference.

Police claimed in June the former Rolando Sidney II (left) was involved in the drug bust in Philadelphia

His former Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate Anderson Varejao agreed.

“For whatever situation, I’m not going to put it out there,” he said.

“You guys (the media) know much better than I do. You can talk to the dude.”

Without going into detail, Stephen Curry, the NBA’s reigning three-point tournament champion, was clear that Sidney’s arrest was indeed serious.

“Guys who are that good at basketball, they’re not just playing basketball to play basketball,” said Curry.

“They’re living on the edge of society and they have to fight everyday to stay on that edge.

“The security you’re supposed to have around you is not there. It’s really sad because you’re living like a drug dealer.”

LeBron did not rule out visiting Philadelphia to offer support to Sidney, a talented teenager who received a lengthy jail sentence for allegedly selling drugs to undercover officers in an undercover sting.

“I want to say I’m sorry to him and I hope it’s all OK,” he said.

“No, I’m not there (in Philadelphia) right now. I’m not a fan of it. It’s a tough situation.”

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