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Los Angeles Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Children Who Buy LeBron James' $270 Nike Shoes

By Staff Reporter - Posted: 09/19/12 03:29PM EDT
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Days after a Twitter user was arrested for threatening to assassinate President Obama in a tweet, a 21-year-old former Yale student has been arrested in Los Angeles for threatening to kill kids who were planning to purchase Nike's new line of LeBron James sneakers, which cost $270.

The comments left by Eric Yee were made on ESPN.com.

The Asian-American alledgedly said he wouldn't mind killing kids who were planning to purchase the shoes, adding he would like to do something "similar to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado", referring to the tragedy during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, when twelve people were killed and fifty eight were injured.

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"What he was posting had nothing to do with sports," ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told the Ventura County Star. "We closely monitor the message boards and anytime we get a threat, we're alerting law enforcement officials."

Yee lives with his parents in Santa Clarita in a home overlooks an elementary school and a middle school. And, chillingly, several guns were found at Yee's house Monday, according to police. He is reportedly being held on $1 million bail.

The new Nike LeBron sneakers have made headlines as of late due to its high price tag. The sneakers' price is reasoned, by Nike, to be due to the advanced technology that includes Nike ID and a bunch of other sneakerhead jargons.

Here's Nike's official press release describing the shoes:

Forged by time, heat and pressure, the diamond is a precious and unbreakable gemstone that provides design and metaphoric inspiration for the new LEBRON X. Worn by James in the final matchup on August 12 [London Olympics], the LEBRON X is constructed for dynamic containment, impact protection, and responsiveness to assist one of the game's most explosive players.

The shoe also offers a lock-down fit, excellent cushioning on impact, and a lightweight fit and feel.

Combining four of Nike's most advanced innovations, the shoe features the first full-length visible Nike Zoom unit, dynamic Flywire technology, Hyperfuse construction and Nike+ Basketball brings the shoe to a whole new level.



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