Forget rumors of Delonte West nailing his mom this spring. LeBron James is now being sued a dude who claims he slept with Gloria James, oh, say about 25 years ago.
LeBron, whose HUGE decision about where he will play next season coincidentally airs tonight on ESPN, is accused of tampering with evidence, as is Gloria.
Leicester Bryce Stovell, 55, claims in his lawsuit that he is the biological father of James and alleges that the NBA star and his mom covered up this fact.
He says he met Gloria in a D.C. area bar in 1984, had unprotected sex with her the night they met, and later found out she was 15 at the time. He was 29.
Interestingly, the guy isn’t your stereotypical deadbeat dad.
This guy says he’s LeBron James’ dad. See a resemblance?
Rather, he’s a Princeton and University of Chicago Law School grad who went on to be a senior legal adviser to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
In any case, Stovell claims Gloria went back to her hometown in Ohio after they hooked up, but returned several months later to inform him that she was pregnant with a boy named LeBron, although she never specifically identified the father.
Stovell claims he reconnected with Gloria by phone in 2007, when he began to think he could be LeBron’s dad, partly because they look almost identical. Leicester notes that when he saw LeBron play, he was “struck by our similarity in appearance.
Leicester Bryce Stovell claims during the 2007 call, Gloria James threatened to have him physically harmed and told him, “LeBron’s money is for his children.”
Why would he do that?
“Anger at perceived abandonment and conflict arising from his image as a successful fatherless child from the projects,” Leicester Bryce Stovell theorizes.
He claims Gloria “fabricated” a story about LeBron’s real father for the “one dimensional commercial image-making purpose … to make [LeBron’s] life suggestive of Spike Lee’s popular 1998 sports drama film, He Got Game.”
Biographical information on James says his biological father, Anthony McClelland, was an ex-con who abandoned Gloria to be a single mom at age 16.
Leicester, who notes that LeBron named his son Bryce, is seeking $4 million from LeBron and Gloria, claiming fraud, defamation and misrepresentation.
Wow. Most of the time said claims involve the millionaire athlete fathering a kid (cough, Tiger Woods), not vice versa. Is there any chance this is true?
James’ camp has denounced the suit as a blatant attempt to capitalize on the attention LeBron will receive in the run-up to his announcement tonight.
Do you believe it? More importantly, where will LeBron end up?