'It's that time:' LeBron James gifts Beats headphones to Ohio State football players

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

LeBron James has never been shy about his Ohio State fandom.

And as the Buckeyes begin their Big Ten schedule Saturday against Wisconsin, it looks like the program's relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers star has continued.

According to the Instagram stories of Ohio State football players like defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, kicker Parker Lewis, running back Cayden Saunders and defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste, James gifted the team personalized Beats Studio3 wireless headphones.

The gray headphones had the Buckeyes' signature red and white helmet stripe on one side and Buckeyes leaves decals on the other.

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"It's that time," James said in a note attached to the headphones. "All the hard work. All the sweat. All the sacrifice. Time to leave it all out on the field, all season long. Go be great. And do it together."

James was in Columbus with his son Bronny visiting the Ohio State men's basketball program and attending the Buckeyes' season-opening win against Notre Dame.

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; LeBron James and his son Bronny James before the NCAA football game between Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Robertson-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State also wears Nike gear with LeBron James' logo, while the basketball program has a locker reserved for the Akron native and sells No. 23 jerseys with his name on the back.

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