During the 2010 NBA Playoffs, one of the worst rumors of all time surfaced. The rumor said that LeBron James‘ mother Gloria James slept with Delonte West, her son’s teammate.
This was widely believed to be the leading reason that LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers when he made the now infamous “decision,” to move to the Miami Heat. Now for the first time, Delonte West is setting the record straight.
“It’s affected me,” West says. “Everywhere I go, first question, ‘Don’t tell me you did that.'”
“That” would be the rumor that during the 2010 playoffs, West had a sexual encounter with Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James’ mother, Gloria.
West says he wants to permanently squash the rumor, not just for his sake, but mostly for James and his mother, who West says expressed nothing but kindness during his three seasons in Cleveland.
In fact, West says Gloria James reminded him of his single mother, Delphina Addison, who raised Delonte and his siblings to be “happy-poor, just enjoy life and the blessings that God has given us.”
“If we want to continue to grow as a human race, what are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that?” West says of the rumor. “Number one, something like that never happened. I don’t know where they got that from.
“For a strong black woman like that, for people to try to tear her down, that’s terrible. That’s terrible in so many ways.”
West makes a valid point, but it’s good that it’s finally out there. We can only imagine how awkward that must have made things in the locker room!