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On Friday, my inbox and twitter became flooded with inquiries on whether Lebron James’ mother Gloria was sleeping with Delonte West. I don’t really follow Cleveland so I couldn’t figure out why this piece of information was relevant nor a reason I should care. It wasn’t until I saw the headline “Did Lebron James’ mother’s affair with his teammate cost them a championship ring?” that my eyebrows raised.Now that’s a story…
According to the rumors, Lebron played poorly in game 4, 5 & 6 against Boston after he found out about his teammate’s affair with his mama. The rumor goes on to state that Lebron James will definitely leave Cleveland because of this, now that he’s a free-agent. This scandal sounds better than any script written for one of those basketball-themed movies.
These are the emails that were sent to Deadspin and several other sports sites that sparked the rumor:
”Subject: Please Read Lebron
My uncle is the general contractor at the Q [Quicken Loans Arena] and has been for the last 7 years. He is good friends with a lot of guys at the Q including some of the bigger boys in the organization and knows Gilbert personally. I was just told from my brother that a very reliable source informed my uncle that Delonte has been banging Gloria James for some time now. Somehow I guess Lebron found out before game four and it has destroyed our chemistry and divided our team. This is no joke, the only player worse then Lebron has been Delonte. I am not making this up, I wish it wasn’t true but it happened. Wait and see if lebron stays you will not see Delonte in a cavs uni again.
A large number of NBA employees received a VERY interesting email today regarding a developing LeBron James story. I figured before the ESPN assholes get wind of it, you guys should break the story. The word from David Stern’s office is that Delonte West has been sleeping with LeBron’s MOTHER for a couple months now, and LeBron has recently found out. For some reason Delonte is still alive, but not for long – when Cleveland fans find out that for this reason LeBron wants out of Cleveland no matter what. This could explain Delonte’s decreased playing time of late, and who knows – maybe why LeBron hasn’t seemed to have his head fully in the game.
It looks like this rumor originated from these particular emails and some fan possibly made them up. However the fact that Lebron, Delonte or their representatives haven’t spoken on it yet seems to have given the story more wings.