LeBron James’ mom charged with assaulting a parking valet
ASSOCIATED PRESS April 7, 2011 10:06AM
Gloria James appears in the Municipal Court Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Akron, Ohio. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James' mother Gloria James, showed up 10 minutes late for a court hearing Tuesday, irritating the judge in her case involving charges of drunken driving and other crimes. Two off-duty city officers working security for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority said Gloria James' 2004 Cadillac Escalade almost hit their unmarked vehicle Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ken Love) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **
Updated: April 7, 2011 1:58PM
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The mother of Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James was arrested by Miami Beach police after she reportedly assaulted a valet worker because it was taking too long to have her car delivered.
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. She was released with a promise to appear on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.
“It’s a sensitive subject,” LeBron James said after the Heat practiced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a personal matter. It’s being taken care of.”
Police said several witnesses supported valet worker Sorel Rockfeller’s account of the alleged assault. LeBron James said people are helping his mother with the situation, and that he was not at the hotel with her early Thursday.
“You have to move forward,” the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP said. “It is my life and there’s certain things you have to deal with. You try not to let it be a distraction. I have a job to do, still.”
Gloria James pleaded no contest to DUI and other charges in 2006. It’s unclear if she has retained an attorney.
It was a rough night all-around for the James family as LeBron’s Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 90-85.