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Miami police admit LeBron concert escort violated policy

Aug 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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You can see how this happens: LeBron James knows he is running late to the Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z concert he really wants to see (and most likely did not pay a penny for the amazing tickets he’s got) so he — or his guy — asks a policeman for a little help. And because he’s LeBron in Miami guys are only too happy to help — he’s the King. And suddenly LeBron has a police escort all the way to the stadium.

Which must feel pretty cool, I’ll admit. So LeBron films it and puts it up on Instagram.

Where a bunch of people watch it, including people in Miami saying “Why are the police giving him an escort down the wrong side of the street to the concert exactly?”

All of which led up to this statement from the Miami Dade Police Department Monday.

“It has been brought to our attention that a video was posted on the Internet by LeBron James… shows him being escorted onto the property of Sunlife Stadium for a concert on Friday. Upon further investigation, it has been confirmed that the Miami-Dade Police Department did facilitate Mr. James from one intersection to another, in the adjacent area of the stadium. This was not a scheduled escort and although all safety precautions were taken, the department has identified these actions as a violation of departmental policy. The Miami-Dade Police Department will continue to look into the matter.”

Somebody’s in trouble.

Most likely there will be a slap on the wrist or two, a couple guys get a mark on their permanent record, and then it all blows over. And next time LeBron gets an escort from police, he knows not to post the video. No matter how cool it is.

  1. jobotjones - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    what a dbag, it’s one thing to get that treatment but it’s another thing to brag about it and show off how much special treatment you get.

    • alexo0 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      You can’t really call him a dbag because his life is so far detached from reality that he actually doesn’t realize the impact of his actions. Do you think he has yet to understand why people still rip him over “The Decision”?

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      He’s classless, just like his fans.

      • brutl - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Just like your comments.
        If he’s classless what does that make you? At least he has fame, fortune, success, and made his dreams come true.
        Your best moments in life are spent right here slagging off with a bunch of nobodies.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        Actually, you don’t know me. I’m fortunate to be well off & do donate to many charities. Nice try.

      • jt1138 - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        LeBron just donated tons of new stuff to his high school, raised tons of money for his charity, hosted his annual bike charity, and helped a bunch of children’s lives in the Akron area.

        When’s the last time you even considered donating money to a good cause?

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:29 AM

        Small tax deduction. Let’s see if he’s really a good guy & takes care of the cops that will be suspended or possibly fired for this.

  2. spthegr8 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Funny thing about it is, if he wins another championship this yr coming up & another finals MVP…. I’d bet the do the SAMETHING again for him. When you win championships, in some ppl’s eyes that makes you above the law. Flawed logic none the less but that’s how some ppl think..??!?!?!?!!

  3. dezglobal - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    This isn’t that serious. Lets move on.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Maybe I’m in the minority here, but this is very serious. What if there had been someone in distress that required police attention in the area, but they were too busy helping LeBron get to a concert to be able to respond?

      • brutl - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        I bet you live your life by the “what ifs.” Have fun with your regrets.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        No I live my life based on reality. And reality is, this isn’t something the police should be doing.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      They cops were probably supposed to be working the traffic situation around the concert anyway. I doubt they’re out there stopping assaults every few minutes.

      • Anoesis - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        With a violent crime rate nearly twice that of New York City (and more than double that of Los Angeles) you’re right, they aren’t stopping much of anything except traffic so a basketball player can get to a concert.

  4. stoutfiles - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I hope they announce who the officers were and pubicly shame them so this doesn’t happen again. Tired of celebrities getting to break the laws that commoners have to abide by. Everyone should have to follow the rules no matter who you are.

  5. eagles512 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I actually kind of like James but how dumb can you be to post the video.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    That was stupid to make a video, he just ruined a good thing for himself and got some guys in trouble, what an idiot. If somebody gets fired he better hire them as personal security.

    • Anoesis - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Why would he want someone with such crappy judgment “protecting” him?

  7. sillec28 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    This is Miami, where NFL players guilty of DUI-Manslaughter only get 27 days in jail. I’m surprised the police didn’t wait for the concert to be over and escort him home.

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      And a common black man caught with a bag of weed will get 30 years.

  8. bucrightoff - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Of course he posted the video, there are no consequences for him. And he most certainly does not care about the cops that will probably get punished. LeBron is gigantic narcissist.

    • silencegooddoer - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      SPOT ON! That was what I was going to post. Other than on the court; this guy does NOT walk any talk. Terrible role model in life. He respects no one; not even himself.

    • silencegooddoer - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      SPOT ON! I was going to post almost the exact same comment. He is a terrible role model. Other than ON the court; the guy just does NOT walk the talk!

  9. jhuck92 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    The King’s first official abuse of power

  10. sabatimus - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Heck, it’s Florida. Expect anything else these days?

    • Anoesis - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Maybe some regular guy stuck in that traffic should’ve stood his ground.

  11. truthb3t0ld - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    silencegooddoer | Aug 20, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT
    SPOT ON! I was going to post almost the exact same comment. He is a terrible role model. Other than ON the court; the guy just does NOT walk the talk!

    As a self-professed LeBron hater, I have to DISagree with you. You don’t hear about him going out getting in trouble like a lot of these other athletes and celebrities. He runs charities, donates time and money, doesn’t have 10 kids by 7 different women. Seems like a decent person to me.

  12. 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Miami PD: “This the last time we ever do any favors for THAT guy, sheeeeet!”

    Seriously, LeBron got mad bball IQ, but common sense isn’t one of his strong suits.

  13. skinsfanwill - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I bet if that was Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt this would not be an issue. the cops would have been reprimanded for not getting them there faster. In my opinion, this is no different than some kids beating another kid and putting it on social media….Dumb as all hell!!!!! If you get the perks, don’t let the world know about it you friggin idiot. And this is my favorite team.

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      They wouldn’t be arrogant or dumb enough to post it on the internet.

      • ronp2 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Exactly Cantonbound…if he wasn’t trying to show how much better he is than everyone else, this doesn’t happen…

  14. drago2012 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Come on people!!! You know the Golden rule applies here. He who has gold RULES!!!!

  15. ronp2 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    This is the LeBron I know. An utter disregard for those who have treated you well. These cops might get suspended just to make an example of them…where do you think LeBron will be? Somewhere living it up while the people who helped him are suspended w/o pay or fired. Dude is a pompus richard.

  16. billy38201 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I have no problem with the cops giving him special treatment. He personally generates hundreds of millions of dollars to the Miami and Florida economy. Much of that in tax dollars that heps the community, pays for schools and even law enforcement salary. If he left town we would lose that, so there’s no harm in giving him a little special treatment. It was unwise to post the video, but in a way that could be seen as gratitude to the city for doing something nice to the man that has provided so much to the town……I am sure all of you criticizing him also contribute hundreds of millions to your local economy and never do anything unwise

  17. bbk1000 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    What would Fred Sanford say?

    LeBron, you big dummy…

  18. bingram20 - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Celebrities do not deserve any of the perks they get. This country puts people on a pedistal because they are rich and this is crap. He’s a grown man getting payed to play a kids game big deal. He is just another person when he is not on the court. I hate that we have to hear every detail of celebrities lives on the 6 o’clock news. I don’t care about them having kids nevermind what its name is or what it looks like. How about talking about the people who have fought for our freedom. The ones who put thier lives on the line so the sheep in this country are the poeple we should put on a pedistal not actors or atheletes.

    Oh yeah he Lebron if you don’t want to be late for the concert leave early you dope.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Welcome to capitalism. Big media is owned by big businesses whose only objective is profits. So, you get what you read.

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