Report: LeBron James agrees to settlement after being sued by photographer

Ryan Ward
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James rarely gets into trouble off the basketball floor. He has an incredible reputation for being squeaky clean off the floor and an example for other professional athletes, but he recently made a costly mistake on social media.

James recently had a lawsuit filed against him for using a photographer’s photograph of him on a post on Facebook. It appears James couldn’t get this lawsuit to go away, and as a result, has agreed to a settlement.

Copyright infringement is becoming quite a common crime these days, with so many social media platforms and people posting pictures frequently that they don’t have permission to use.

James settling this lawsuit might set a precedent for high-profile athletes and celebrities when it comes to copyright infringement. The four-time NBA champion will definitely think twice before doing this again, and his experience could make others take notice.

The four-time MVP is on pace to capture his fifth such award this season with averages of 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. The Lakers are third in the Western Conference with a 16-6 record.

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Ryan is a veteran sportswriter who has covered the NBA and NFL for nearly a decade. Along with numerous exclusive interviews with professional athletes, Ryan has been credentialed by the Los Angeles Lakers since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RyanWardLA.