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Twists and turns as police investigate LeBron James pendant case

Jul 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

LeBron_stares.jpgUPDATE 7/17 10:34 am: So maybe our innocent heroine is not so innocent.

Vaneisha Robinson, the woman who said she bought the pendant at a garage sale four years ago, is now a suspect in the case for receiving stolen property. Her story always had one big question mark: Someone really sold a $10,000 pendant at a garage sale for $5? Let’s assume for a second that someone did steal this, they would have some idea it was valuable, right? They wouldn’t just pawn it off for $5.

This does not excuse the awkward handling of the situation by Carter and his mother. But it sounds like nobody is really innocent in this case.

7/16 9:25 am: Maverick Carter is LeBron James right hand man. He helped convince LeBron that “The Decision” was a good marketing idea. He’s LeBron’s close friend, the CEO of LeBron’s marketing company, LRMR.

He’s in the middle of a police investigation for harassing a woman over the sale of a pendant. He’s on quite the roll of good decisions.

Four years ago, Vaneisha Robinson bought a pendant for $5 at a garage sale in the Cleveland area. The pendant shaped like a LeBron James jersey and encrusted with jewels saying “King 23″ on it, according to WEWS news out of Cleveland. Because she paid $5 she assumed it was costume jewelry.

Until she had it appraised recently and found out the diamonds and other jewels were real, and it was worth about $10,000. So she put it up for sale on eBay, and WEWS did a cute little story on it.

Wednesday, Robinson got a call from Katherine L. Powers, Maverick Carter’s mother.

“[Powers] said that LeBron James was at her house and they wanted me to come over there. They were going to make me an offer that I couldn’t refuse,” Robinson said.

It turned out the one-of-a-kind pendant belongs to Carter, who claims it was stolen. Robinson said she and her mother went to the Wadsworth house Carter shares with his mother, believing James was going to buy the pendant and give it back to Carter.

“When I got there, LeBron James was not there. It was about eight or nine other people there,” Robinson said. “They pretty much accused me, they threatened me and they used their authority to they (sic) best ability to get the pendant in their possession…

“They blocked (Robinson’s mother’s) truck in the driveway. They told us that we weren’t going anywhere until they got that pendant. I was scared for my life,” she said

Police were called out, and when they got there everyone was gone and Powers had the pendant.

Robinson is now taking the whole thing to court and the police are investigating.

Have fun with the circus, Miami.

  1. Chuck - Jul 16, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Every team that has won an NBA championship, (EVERYONE)has done it without LeBron James on their team.

  2. DMC - Jul 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    No, but it’s clear that you’re paranoid.

  3. RB - Jul 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Wow, and I thought Amare Stoudemire’s mom was a nutjob!

  4. Sal - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Carter a C E O of the marketing machine for James Bron. What do this two thugs have in common? They both blame their mother’s when they are about to do something stupid. Lebron mentioned his Mom, like 3 times in the Decision; and Now this Carter thug calls on his Mom to do his dirty work. PATHETIC. Both Lebron and Carter need to grow a pair/ own up for their actions, and not bring in their Mother’s to cover up for their stupidity. somewhere in Italy, Kobe is shaking his head, laughing! What Wade doesn’t realize is that he’s going to have to baby seat Lebron and his High School friends. Comedy!

  5. Kicker - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    “People don’t lose 10k pendants and they certainly don’t end up at garage sales for $5 immediately following the loss.”
    No, never. And they never accidentally shoot themselves in the leg or sleep with teammates mothers or operate dog fighting areas. These are spoiled boys who never grew up and feel priveledged.

  6. Cire - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Dude, you must not have ever been in S. Fla. It IS the circus here and we’re only too happy to have join the 3 Rings. Say – that has a certain RING to it, come to think of it.
    Still love these sour grapes comments. First it was ‘Lebron would NEVER come to the Heat’. Then it was ‘they’ll never get any one else and good luck with only 3 players’. Now its ‘have fun with the circus’ and ‘have fun winning multiple titles’. Dudes and dudettes – its only been, what, like 1 week. The team is filling out nicely – though I can hear the whiners now saying ‘no Heat and no chemistry’. Just wait and see, my friends. And finally, why is everyone so hung up on who Lebron’s mother is going out with. Sound like a bunch of women watching the soaps. Geez! Ok. That’s all for now. I’m heading back to the Big Tent.

  7. walk - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    If that pendant was stolen there would have been a police report filed. So anyone seen a copy of the report? I definetly see one theft though and i also see a false imprisonment charge stemming from the blocking of the vehicle, so yeah good luck in court.

  8. Taterwheel - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    There’s not any racism that I can see from the article. I can’t tell the race of any person named in the story from the text. The only person whose race is known is LeBron, and that is not from the article, I’ve just seen him play and his TV commercials. But that won’t keep you from crying racism without justification until it doesn’t have any meaning anymore.

  9. Steve - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    The best part about LeBron, is not that he will be one of the top 5 greatest when he is done, but the simple fact that he ripped the heart out of Cleveland. Had he done it to any other city(Except maybe Detroit) everyone would be pissed,but since he did it to cleveland, no one cares except Cleveland. The rest of the country could care less, even more so after we saw how childish you all were about it. Have fun as you 60 wins go down to maybe 35?

  10. TH - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    and this has what to do with King James…?

  11. Miami Ghetto - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    moski writes: “Yall go fine something meaniful to do. Thsi really anit bout sh*t”
    I see the Miami ghetto has gotten internet hooked up!

  12. what a joke - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! This article doesn’t seem one bit sensationalized or overblown to me. The pendant was bought 4 years ago, but she RECENTLY had it appraised at which time LeBron’s camp became aware of the pendants availability when it showed up on Ebay. I am happy that LeBron is not mentioned anywhere in this article, but the mere fact that his “close friend” and marketing advisor handles his business this way speaks volumes to LeBron’s poor decision making as evidence by his highly public, and classless breakup with the Cavs. No one faults LeBron for moving to a better team, but the way in which he did it was rude, selfish, and unparalleled in the history of sports. It is my personal opinion that LeBron made millions off the whole thing, which means that he didn’t truly take a “paycut” moving to Miami; rather he made up the lost income (and then some i’m sure) through increased sponsor revenue during the “Summer of LeBron” which culminated in a 1 hr televised special in which he made his now infamous decision. I believe the move to be brilliant from a money making viewpoint, but downright despicable in the ethical column. This undoubtedly has tarnished LeBron’s brand and will hurt his bottom line with future marketing $$, so therefore, not a great decision at all for someone who claims to want to be the first billionaire athlete.
    Those Heat fans who are gloating over having LeBron I say, congrats on getting an amazing talent. However don’t get too ahead of yourselves by bragging about rings and things already; LeBron has proved to be a playoff bust who isn’t capable of handling the biggest moments well. Don’t get me wrong, I think LeBron COULD go down as the best ever, but he hasn’t proven anything beyond the regular season in his first 7 years. Couple that with the fact that the west coast Lakers have the real MVP and are defending back to back champs with an improved roster and the return of the best NBA coach of all-time.
    Suck it east coasters!!!! LAKERS!!!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Nice nickname……….D@CK!!!!!!!

  14. T$ - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    YOu may be right about Lebron choking but you gotta remember one thing……..He had Dwade on the other side to pick up the slack. The Heat are going to be BEASTS!!!!

  15. T$ - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    YOu may be right about Lebron choking but you gotta remember one thing……..He had Dwade on the other side to pick up the slack. The Heat are going to be BEASTS!!!!

  16. Anonymous - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    just goes to show the thugs lebron surronds himself with great there now in miami good ridance!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Zed - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    I am a NY and would have been proud/ecstatic to have LeBron James join the Knicks, but totally outraged if he decided to stay in Cleveland after seducing everyone into thinking that he had had enough of 7 years of losing in Ohio. LeBron’s decision to leave was completely justified, and he owed Cleveland absolutely NOTHING. His 7 years of sweat has more than paid the Cavs & it’s fans in full. As a final thought I say NEVER FORGET PATRICK EWING, a great player who devoted his entire career to the Knicks with nothing to show for it. In fact, when his incredible skills had diminished, he was often booed by the Knicks fans and finally let go like a dog. So, it is a business, and LeBron is right to take what few quality years he has left to a winning organization.

  18. tom - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    maybe Obama can have all working americans chip in and buy a nice new pendant for everyone who doesn’t have onehusbands

  19. Lucky - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    You guys are all hypocrites! Anyone of you would feel angry and violated if you saw your stolen, valuable up for sale on Ebay! You may call the cops but then again, the cops aren’t gonna trace the Ebay account, surround their house and take back the necklace for you. They will notify the seller and do an investigation. If the seller is the thief they probably left false account info in the first place and will be able to disappear easily. Anyone with common sense knows this. Maverick used intimidation and trickery to get his property back. So what? Many of us would have done the same thing to someone who refused to give back your rightful property. Ms. Robinson’s believes the necklace stolen or not belongs to her. I’ll bet that if Maverick took her to court, the necklace would have mysteriously been “lost” or “stolen” before it ended. It was stupid for him not to report the necklace stolen but it was a custom one-of-a-kind piece that he was able to prove to the cops was his. Yes, it’s against the law to block someone from leaving for which I’m sure he’ll face charges for. But it’s also the law that if you buy stolen property must be returned to it’s rightful owner. I don’t feel sorry for Ms. Robinson one bit. She knew no one just gives away a 10k necklace for $5. She could have done the right thing by attempting to find its rightful owner and MAYBE gotten a reward. But she chose to be greedy trying to profit off someone else’s misfortune.

  20. tom - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    maybe Obama can have all working Americans chip in and buy a nice new pendant for everyone who doesn’t already have one!

  21. SHELLY DUNN - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Let this young girl reap the benefits of her find. WHAT YOU GUYS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY???? HUH MAVERICK? SHAME ON YOUR FAMILY!!!!! RANDY? WHAT IS UP DUDE? U GUYS ARE BLESSED!!!! LET GOD BLESS THIS YOUNG GIRL WITH A LITTLE MONEY!!!!GREED MAN GREED!

  22. Cordae - Jul 16, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Him moving to Miami and this situation has absolutely nothing to do with each other. So why are we connecting the two? And as far as the whole racism issue, I didnt see it in the article. But the author is a bit biased, I hate reading articles where the author throws hints to how they feel about the subject. Report it, thats it. Back to the whole “racism issue” it seems like ALOT of you all want to replace this “thug” word with something else, go ahead, say it. like my friend “DRock” already has.

  23. airmack19... - Jul 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Saw… you are about as ignorant as they come. She was on tv showing the pendant… she said she bought it while she was in school 4 years ago and wore it everyday because she liked it. There was never a report that there was a claim that the pendant was stolen… And you claim she is a thief??? The ship is taking on water, LRMR… Why don’t you go and buy another one and let her have the one she bought at the yard sale and has had for 4 years. If she would have stolen it, why would she meet over someone else’s house she did not know with the possibility of getting bum rushed? Now you have a mess on your hands over some b%%% s^&*… It hasn’t been a week since the garbage of last week and now this???
    Unbelievable…

  24. Chris - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Expect to hear many stories about LeBron’s entourage in the coming weeks. Cavaliers ownership protected LeBron and his boys for 7 years. That is now over. One think Gilbert said in his letter was that things would come out in the coming days and weeks to shed more light on LeBron James. This is just the beginning.

  25. D-Gilbert - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    I told you!

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