'LeBrowns:' James and sons watch NFL team prac­tice

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — For the first time at Browns train­ing camp, the spotlight wasn't on Johnny Manziel. LeBron James stole it. The NBA megas­tar got his foot­ball fix Thurs­day, show­ing up with his two sons to watch Manziel and the Browns prac­tice.

James spent an hour on the side­line as the Browns went through a morn­ing work­out in prepa­ra­tion for Satur­day's ex­hi­bi­tion opener in Detroit. It was James' first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since re-sign­ing with the Cava­liers last month, and his ap­pear­ance caused quite a com­mo­tion.

Browns play­ers couldn't wait to meet him af­ter prac­tice and sev­eral had their pho­tos taken with the four-time MVP, who is no­tice­ably thin­ner af­ter shed­ding some weight dur­ing the off­sea­son.

James spoke for sev­eral min­utes with Browns coach Mike Pet­tine and chat­ted out­side the locker room with Manziel, his close friend and busi­ness part­ner.

"He just asked how camp was go­ing," Pet­tine said. "You could tell that he's into it and loves foot­ball, a big Browns fan. He said he'll be at the games when it's warm and when it's cold he'll be watch­ing in his base­ment."

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