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Officer who gave LeBron police escort to a Jay Z concert receives ‘informal counseling’

Aug 22, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

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When LeBron James posted a video of the police escort he received to skip the traffic in heading to a Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert, most of us chalked it up to celebrity treatment and left it at that.

But when something goes as public as that video did and it involves a government agency, questions are going to be asked as to whether the rules were followed and whether or not this was departmental procedure.

As it turns out, they weren’t, and it wasn’t.

So, the Miami-Dade police department issued a statement letting everyone know that the officer responsible has been given the requisite slap on the wrist.

From the Associated Press:

In a statement released Thursday, the department says it has chosen to give the officer “informal counseling” after investigating the escort involving the athlete. The statement says no further action will be taken. It does not identify the officer.

If there was no video, there would have been no statement, and no counseling for the “offending” officer.

It won’t be the last time LeBron receives special treatment like this, but you can bet that he won’t be the one sharing the video evidence of it the next time it happens.

  1. tampajoey - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    So, in other words… he got off way too easy. Just another example of law enforcement and the elite being above the law.

    • money2long - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      not only did he get off easy, but don’t be surprised if lebron drops him off some game tickets as a form of remorse for the “trouble” he put him through

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        He better!!

      • gandalf47 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        That would be illegal, and they both would be charged with bribery.

  2. hildezero - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    “When LeBron James posted a video of the police escort he received to skip the traffic in heading to a Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert, most of us chalked it up to celebrity treatment and left it at that.”

    Really NBC Sports? Who did? He’s an athlete! No athlete gets that kind of treatment, and shouldn’t. It’s like if LeBron thinks he’s above the law.

    • miamatt - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      It’s pretty laughable if you think other rich athletes aren’t getting special treatment. I’m not saying it’s fair, but I’m pretty sure the rich and well-connected have always gotten to play by different rules. As far as “thinking he’s above the law”, that’s a silly notion as well. LeBron didn’t ram an armored truck through a police barricade. He asked to be let through and his request was granted. One can’t act above the law when the law is complicit in one’s actions.

  3. sfsugator - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Its not the officers fault if lamebron never recorded it, but he did like a tool, then this would never have happened. common sense really, the era we live in where everything has to be recorded and tell people what they had for breakfast and what there poop smelled like is why. Officer did a solid and prince james screwed him.

  4. shanelsweet - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    There’s a po po officer who’s going to get some nice seats next year. Folks need to lighten up. It’s not like the guy didn’t just get the city’s team to the championship series 3 years in a row. That’s worth a ton of extra money being spent locally, and that benefits everybody. He seems like a really nice guy from Akron. That’s in Ohio near Cleveland and not Florida. No sense chasing him away by making a big deal out of nothing.

  5. seanb20124 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    What is informal counseling?

    • runhigh24 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Basically they told him “don’t do that crap again.”

    • tampajoey - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Police Sargent telling him at Dunkin Donuts… “Bro, don’t do stupid sh!t”

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        I doubt it was even that harsh. Probably more like, “don’t get caught…… doing stuff like this.”

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Chief: “You know you done ____ed up, right?!”

      Officer: “I know but….”

      Chief: “But nothing!! How did you not realize he was recording it stupid!?”

      Officer: “……..”

      Chief: “You’re a good cop, _______, but due to the public knowledge of this we’re gonna have to suspend you for a few days. Just don’t screw up like this again. Understood?”

      Officer: “Completely”

      Chief: “Tell Mrs.______ that the whole precinct loved the cookies she baked. That’s a mighty fine wife you got there __________. Now get on….enjoy your family these next few days, we’ll see you on Sunday with your head screwed on straight, I trust right?”

      Officer: “Yes sir.”

      • money2long - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        the cookies part was a nice touch man..hahaha

  6. Sonny - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Just asking, but for a funereal the family pays the police for an escort to the burial site, is it not possible Lebron paid the Miami-dade for the services rendered?

  7. hildezero - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    What IS informal counseling.

    • dondada10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      I think it gets written in your “jacket,” or personnel file. The office won’t be suspended or docked any pay.

  8. decimusprime - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Informal Counseling is when his superior has a sit down and tells the officer that what he did was wrong and its against policy. The exact same thing happens at every job. Sometimes referred to as coaching…which is great considering it was a basketball player.

  9. hildezero - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    XD! That would suck though, he only got that.

  10. miamatt - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I still applaud the officer for doing his civic duty to make LeBron feel welcome in Miami. My reasons are the following:
    (1) I’m a Heat fan and I know how much LeBron has lifted this city’s spirits- us locals have to do our part when called upon.
    (2) I don’t live with my head in the sand, believing that this is shocking or unusual for the rich and connected. In every city in America, somebody who can afford to pay for it is getting a free meal, a free limo to the airport, or the opportunity to avoid jail by throwing money at it. All things, considered, there are much worse “abuses of power” out there. The officer’s actions may not be fair to the rest of us, but it didn’t cost any taxpayer money and it didn’t hurt anybody. Frankly, it’s one of the least corrupt stories about local civil servants I’ve read all year.

  11. 700levelvet - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    To protect and serve…and of course….swallow

  12. reesesteel23 - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Good Lord, what did you want him to do, get fired?….You wanted this man to lose his job over something ALL OF YOU THAT LEFT A COMMENT WOULD HAVE DONE!??

    • Sheila D's Productions - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      2 months for now Lebron’s going to deliver the Coup de grâce by posting pictures of himself giving free tickets to the Officer. He knows the guy might get fired but he won’t be able to help himself.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      The officer’s act is not what’s in question my dude, it’s the fact LeBron was stupid enough to vid the ride and post it with his commentary in the background and didn’t have the common sense to know that there was going to be a backlash and a possible suspension from it.

      I mean for real, how dumb can one be (talking about LBJ, not you sir).

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