July 08, 2010
You know, not everything has been giggles and TV shows for LeBron James(notes) this summer. Sure, it has mostly been those things, but not completely. For one, his reputation has taken a pretty big hit with all of his meeting scheduling, show producing and general "look at me!" attitude, but that's not all. People questioned his dedication to basketball prior to the offseason and all that has transpired has only added to that chorus. And now, things are just getting weird.
As often happens when people become fantastically rich, LeBron James will now be dealing with relatives appearing out of nowhere, even if they might not really be relatives. First up is his possible father. From TMZ:
LeBron James and his mother Gloria James are being sued for millions by a man who claims he tried to prove he's the NBA star's biological father -- but LeBron and his mom tampered with the evidence in a diabolical cover-up. [...]
[In the lawsuit] 55-year-old Leicester Bryce Stovell claims he met Gloria in a D.C. area bar in 1984 ... and had unprotected sex with her on the night they met. [...]
According to the docs -- filed recently in federal court -- Gloria has spent the rest of her life shielding LeBron from the truth. [...]
Leicester claims LeBron -- through his lawyer -- agreed to take a DNA paternity test.
Leicester claims he was given results that showed he was not LeBron's dad ... but several months later, he began to suspect that the results were tampered with ... and Gloria and LeBron were behind the fraud.
If that's not soap opera-y enough for you, Stovell even claims that LeBron's mother created myths about LeBron's "real father" in order to make his life more like "He Got Game." Seriously, he does. Kinda funny, considering "He Got Game" isn't that great of a movie even if it is very entertaining.
As can be expected, LeBron James' people are denying Stovell's claims. Again, from TMZ:
LeBron's attorney Fred Nance is slamming Stovell's claim -- saying, "The timing is obviously designed to gratuitously exploit LeBron's announcement tomorrow."
Nance added, "A celebrity of LeBron's stature gets many money grubbing claims all the time and this is no different."
Fair enough. Maybe this guy is LeBron's pappy, or maybe he's just some guy who is trying to make an easy few million dollars. Who knows? All we do know is that a crazy summer for the NBA's two-time reigning MVP just got a lot crazier.