LeBron James has today issued a statement flatly denied accusations that he discussed a reunion with Dwyane Wade during the Cleveland Cavaliers' Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat.
The four time NBA MVP was forced to speak on the issue after audio footage appeared to catch James telling his close friend "if things aren't better this year, we're gonna reunite again and do some bigger and better things alright? You already know."
In light of recent reports suggesting James is willing to consider leaving Cleveland this offseason should the team fail to mount a serious title challenge the audio clip (which can be heard further down the page) has certainly had the NBA community talking.
James reportedly pulled his jersey up over his mouth during the conversation with Wade in a move that has only further added to the speculation that the audio may be legitimate. If proved to be so it doesn't look good for the Cavs star.
Rather than denying the comments however LeBron has argued that his reunion talk was nothing to do with basketball.
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ESPN's Dave McMenamin relayed James' response to the accusations in full:
Usually athletes prefer not to respond to media headlines but due to the incriminating nature of the audio leak LeBron clearly felt the need to address the issue.
Citing he and Wade's friendship away from the court, and the legitimate point that it would be incredibly foolish for him to openly discuss any move in front of millions of TV viewers, the NBA star has done his best to clear up the issue.
Less than a month ago any talk of LeBron James quitting the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time would have been given short thrift.
Now though, with reported unrest in the locker room, inconsistency on the court and allegations of James' willingness to leave in free agency if needs be, debate is growing on the issue.
In reality it would be incredibly hard for James to wak out on the Cavs considering his emotional 'coming home' over the summer - even for the Miami Heat for whom he enjoyed so much success between 2010-2014.
CHECK OUT the audio for youself below (around the 2.42 mark) and see what you make of it.
What do you think Cleveland fans? Would LeBron walk out again? And Miami, would you guys take him back? Let us know in the comments section below...