Shortly after LeBron James’ decision to go to Miami to play with the Miami Heat this upcoming season, people are wondering if his choice was influence by more than just basketball and possible championship games.
Rumor has it that the alleged affair that took place between LeBron’s mom, Gloria James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Delonte West had a major influence on LeBron not going to play for the New York Knicks.
Already, the affair has been a hot topic among media outlets, and ESPN host Colin Cowherd has said that he and his colleagues were specifically prohibited from discussing or covering the story. The New York Post was also set and ready to report on this rather embarrassing situation for the James’, and only ceased when they were supposedly begged by LeBron’s representatives to hold off.
But the fact of the matter is, something like this can’t stay behind the curtains for too long. And had LeBron chosen to go to the “Big City,” where media frenzies are a regular, and professional–and very popular–athletes have little-to-no privacy, the story could have dragged on forever and been a major embarrassment and hinderance for LeBron. (Supposedly LeBron James found out about the affair between his mom and Delonte West during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ conference final playoff series against Boston Celtics, and it seriously affected his performance, letting down his entire team.)
Though during last night’s ESPN special during which LeBron announced he is traveling to Miami to become a Heat player, he insisted it was purely for the desire to win a championship, we have to wonder if his mom’s actions with Delonte West really made a difference. Perhaps he wanted to keep his family and this now-very-public situation out of the biggest spotlight in the world: New York City.
Will he ever be able to have the same relationship with his mom–with whom he was apparently very close? Or will this always be a cloud hanging over the mother-son bond?