Is LeBron the New Stifler?

Eric BalkmanCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23  of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to rally his team in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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From the “You-Couldn’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up-If-You-Tried” file, try to digest this nugget:

According to sports blogger Terez Owens, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West is doing the nasty with Gloria James , the mother of his teammate and NBA MVP LeBron James.

I feel like I should stop writing after that sentence because there’s nothing else I can state that will improve this post after dropping that bomb.

Normally I don’t give bloggers any more web space than they already have. (I’m a blogger, and I know one thing: We are not to be trusted.) But it seems like this thing has gained so much steam that there isn’t smoke any more. We’re starting to see flickers of the actual fire.

Owens’ sources (who include a person who said his uncle is the general contractor of Quicken Loans Arena and a “top NBA PR person” who is good friends with two of the Cavs’ top two PR people) are suspect, but why would something like this be made up? This is a time when the Cavs need to be selling James on all the positives that Cleveland has to offer and all of the great memories he should have from the Mistake by the Lake.

The Examiner , who published a TMZ report that James’ lawyer said that the West/James tryst is untrue, said that while Owens got the story wrong in that West was not knocking boots with James for several months (the Examiner stated that West hooked up with Gloria James once, possibly at her son’s MVP party), it was correct in that The King found out that his mom went all Mrs. Robinson on West before Game Four of the Cavs/Celtics series. Perhaps that could explain the King’s poor play as the Cavs fell short in the playoffs again.

For what it’s worth, West played 27, 31 and 29 minutes in the first three games of the series. In Games 4-6 (after James was said to have found out that he was the real life Steve Stifler), West only played 20, nine, and 14 minutes. That could be the Cavs way of “punishing” West for his ways and showing King James that his livelihood comes first, even if it is at the expense of the team.

Even the attorney for Gloria and LeBron James have taken this rumor seriously enough that he sent a cease-and-desist letter, which can be found here . I know if I was their attorney, I certainly wouldn’t give any “false” rumors any more attention than they have already gotten. But only if they’re false. I have a hard time believing a cease-and-desist letter would be drafted and sent to someone writing outright lies that have no merit. Again, where there is smoke…

NBA Hall-of-Famer Calvin Murphy certainly poured gasoline on the fire when he said on a radio show that this rumor was true, and he had confirmed it with multiple sources. Take this with a grain of salt, considering Murphy has been accused of molesting several of his own children, but still. published a great piece on the whole story, basically putting the kibosh on this rumor as false, and ripping anyone who wrote anything to the contrary. To be fair to both sides, the link to that story is here . Deadspin, a website that is no stranger to conventional journalism, apparently received several tips on Cleveland Pie before Owens, but chose not to publish them.

So you can decide for yourselves. Are Deadspin and James’ lawyer right when they say that Owens is full of it, and this is just a dirty rumor? Or is there something more to this?

I haven’t decided for myself one way or the other yet. But I certainly know which way I am leaning.