Friday, September 3, 2010

Lebron James Sued for $4 Million in Paternity Lawsuit

In a story that sounds like a topic on the Maury show, Lebron James and his mother Gloria are being sued for $4 million from a man claiming to be Lebron's father. The man, Leicester Bryce Stovell claims he met Gloria in a D.C. area bar in 1984 and claims to have had unprotected sex with her that night. He later found out she was 15 years old while he was 29. According to the documents, Gloria has spent the rest of her life shielding Lebron from the truth.

Also in his suit, Stovell claims he has a very clear recollection of the night he had "consensual sexual relations" with Gloria. He even remembers apologizing for his sub-par performance. Stovell claims Gloria went back to her hometown in Ohio after they met but returned several months later to inform him she was pregnant with a boy but she never specifically identified the father.

Stovell claims he reconnected with Gloria in 2007 over the phone when he began to think he was Lebron's father partly because they look almost identical. During the phone call Stovell claims Gloria denied ever meeting him, threatened to have him physically harmed, and told him "Lebron's money is for his children." A few days later Lebron through his lawyer agreed to take a paternity test which showed Stovell was not his father but Stovell suspected the test was tampered with.

How many things are wrong with this story. I don't even know where to begin. So a man who claims to have met Lebron's mom in a bar in 1984 wants money. A man who had a one night stand with a 15 year old is suing someone? By the way, dude has a law degree from the University of Chicago so why does he think if his story is true that he had "consensual sexual relations"? A 15 year old can not consent to anything. I mean that's not a new law. Maybe in 1984 some states had a gray area.

Let's say he is Lebron's father, you haven't seen your son in decades and you want to sue him for $4 mil? You've missed his entire childhood and instead of wanting to catch up on things you want money? Although this is a weird case, sadly it isn't unusual. I've heard the horror stories of guys walking around not knowing they were fathers.

My problem with Stovell, well besides the fact that we had to hear about his "sub-par performance", is that Lebron was getting publicity at 13 and at 15 he was on ESPN, they were practically broadcasting his high school games, that's how good dude was. So if he never knew Lebron existed he should've got a test then, but he did know. According to his own story, Gloria told him months after their alleged encounter back in 1984. Why wait to get the test? What was he waiting for the endorsement deals? See even if he wasn't that's how it looks because he waited until Lebron was in the NBA to test him.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------An update to this story as of 9/3/2010, a new paternity test was taken and the court documents show a 0% probability of Leicester Bryce Stovell being Lebron's father. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Sporting News)

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