LeBron James is being sued for posting a picture of himself. The 3 time NBA Champion could be facing a costly battle not on the court but in the courtroom as he was sued Tuesday for $150,000 by photographer Steven Mitchell for copyright infringement in posting an unlicensed photo without permission.
Mitchell took a picture of James throwing down a dunk over Miami center Meyers Leonard during the Lakers’ game against the Heat on Dec. 13. The next day, James posted a cropped version of the picture on his social media accounts.
“What.A.Time.To.Be.Alive and I’m LIVING with Pure Joy! Thank you 🏀,” James captioned the photo. “P.S. Miami always love y’all! ❤️. Great win last night Gang Gang.”
Mitchell is a freelance photographer who licenses his images for a fee. The photo, which was posted on James’ social media sites was a cropped photo of the superstar dunking the ball during the Lakers’ 113-110 win in Miami.
Mitchell states the photo was not licensed to be used and is asking for damages that reflect any profits or incomes that has resulted from the photo being displayed.