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LeBron James’ mom arrested for assault at Miami hotel

Apr 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE 12: 50 pm: According to the Associated Press, this was indeed a confrontation with the valet at the hotel, and it took place around 4:30 in the morning. Nothing good happens at 4:30 in the morning. Apparently she slapped the valet after he dared turn her car off after it had idled for 30 minutes while she spoke to friends (via TMZ, so use salt with that part). Here are the money graphs from the AP:

Police said Gloria James had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were bloodshot when officers arrived at the hotel about 4:47 a.m. Thursday.

Police said several witnesses supported valet worker Sorel Rockfeller’s account of the alleged assault.

9: 46 am: Gloria James, the mother of LeBron James, was taken into custody at a posh Miami hotel Wednesday night on charges of assault.

NBC Miami has the story.

Gloria James was taken into custody after an incident at the Fontainebleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Ave., according to Miami Beach Police.

Police have not given the details of her arrest, but said she was released early Thursday morning.

TMZ reports that this was a run in with a valet at the hotel and he was the one assaulted.

This is not her first run in with the law, she was arrested for a DUI in Cleveland back in 2006. There was also controversy surrounding a 2003 loan she got the day James turned 18 — and was still in high school — to buy him an H2 Hummer vehicle. Back in high school, James once had to tell his mom to sit down and stop yelling during one of his games.

  1. florida727 - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    In an updated and related story, LeBum’s mom has told whatever Miami media outlet(s) that will give her the time of day, the incident was a “misunderstanding” and that if “my son wasn’t famous”, she would have never been arrested.

    And people wonder why LeBum is as arrogant as he is. Go figure.

    • janice101 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM


  2. sknut - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Apparently Gloria James brought her fists to South Beach.

    • ljl2 - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      did she ride the white dragon down to South Beach?

    • starks3 - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      But not Delonte??

  3. jonkam - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    quick somone call deltone!!!!!!!!

  4. dsims7 - Apr 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Stevie Wonder saw this one L-O-N-G ago. This will not be the last time either, Trust that!

  5. bukes111 - Apr 7, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    While people call Lebron arrogant, it’s amazing how well adjusted he is considering his piece of trash mother. You were drunk and smacked the valet. Take some responsibility.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    You can pull the Queen Mother out of the projects, but you can’t pull the projects out of…well, you know the rest!

    • bbmokc - Apr 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      You are so right! You can give some one from the hood a zillion dollars, put them in the biggest mansion, buy them the best clothes and take them to the finest places – but you cannot remove the hood no matter how hard you try.

      He loves his mom – as we all do – but she really needs to chill – because this guy already has a bad rap because of his attitude – and has the title of “Most hated athlete” – she sure is not helping matters.

  7. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    How dare the peasant keep her waiting.

  8. ddiehl - Apr 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    The Big Lebronski decided to take his talents to Miami. Funny you can run, but not hide from the baggage
    that will follow you for the rest of your life. No matter how big you think you are, your mom will always be
    there to remind you where you came from. Enjoy!

    • silencegooddoer - Apr 7, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      Well said… KARMA!

  9. thestudiokida - Apr 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    She probably watched that Milwaukee game last night… brutal.

  10. thejokewriter - Apr 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, mom! Okay, she’s not fat.

  11. goforthanddie - Apr 7, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Where the Hell was her entourage? LeBitch’s mom shouldn’t have to slap a valet herself.

  12. gallogj - Apr 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    There’s about to be another rich Rockfeller! John D. would be proud! Just goes to show…you can take the hoodrat out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the hoodrat!

    • bbmokc - Apr 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      Straight up HOOD! Nothing else but HOOD!

  13. savocabol1 - Apr 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I love how a HEAT executive picked her up at the station. Apparently the Heat have not learned anything from the Cavs laying down for Lebron.

  14. ljl2 - Apr 7, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Hey Kurt…back when LeBron was in the pro’s he had to do the same thing…

    maybe he should have sent her a message while she was in the tank to tell her to sit her ass down again…

  15. brownsfn - Apr 7, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Stay Classy….

  16. edgeofthecenter - Apr 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Way to keep it klassy, mama!

  17. kountryking - Apr 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Class breeds class!

  18. mrcowpatty - Apr 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Is KFC open at 4:30 in the morning in Miami?

  19. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    LeBron still has more money than all you foolish people, in the end that is the most important thing.

    buh bye

    • mrcowpatty - Apr 7, 2011 at 7:43 PM

      Money can’t fix stupid!!!

      • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 7, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        But money can buy lot’s of stuff, do you have plenty monies like the James ?

  20. rockybuddy - Apr 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    There’s nothing like bitchslapping a valet at 4:30am when you’re all tanked up and a jawin’ with the friends! YaaaaaHoooooo!

  21. mrcowpatty - Apr 7, 2011 at 9:19 PM


    Yes, I have money but I don’t have plenty monies.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:38 PM

      too bad, I have money too but not plenty monies, that makes me sad.

  22. the7thpolymath - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    All you idiots making these hood comments should consider this: LeBron and his mother have achieved a place in life where she can afford to slap a valet, settle the case and use money for fire place kindling. There’s no amount of, “from the hood” comments that will erase that, so while you work your 9 to 5 to make ends meet, and probably hate your life because of what you don’t have, the James family is still living a reality beyond your wildest dreams. #itdoesntpaytobejealousdummies

    • miamiwinning - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:54 AM

      great comment jealously boom dats all they got !

  23. dysraw1 - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    haterade in effect

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