According to TMZ reports, LeBron James and his mother Gloria James are being sued for $4 million by a man claiming to be LeBron’s biological father.
In the lawsuit, Leicester Bryce Stovell claims that he met LeBron’s mother in a bar in 1984. The two allegedly got together the night they met, despite the fact that she was 15 years old at the time and he was 29.
According to LeBron’s alleged father, on the night in question he had “consensual sexual relations” with Gloria. In fact, he recalls apologizing for his sub-par performance. The story goes on to say that Gloria later went back to Ohio after the two had their one-night fling, but returned several months later to inform him she was pregnant with a boy named LeBron. She did not, however, ever specifically identify the father.
The documents uncovered by TMZ also state that Stovell reconnected with Gloria over the phone in 2007 when he first thought he might be LeBron’s father. Reportedly, he told her that he was: "struck by our similarity in appearance ... James and I are nearly if not identical height and pigmentation and have very similar athletic body types." During the same call, Gloria reportedly denied ever meeting him, threatened to have him physically harmed and told him, “LeBron’s money is for his children.”
Interestingly enough, after the conversation with Gloria, Stovell submitted a DNA test which showed he was not LeBron’s father. However, he told TMZ that he suspected the test results were tampered with by LeBron and Gloria. The motivation behind the cover-up, according to Stovell, is "due to anger at perceived abandonment and conflict arising from his image as a successful fatherless child from the projects."
Stovell, now a 55-year-old Princeton graduate with a law degree from the University of Chicago, served as a Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Now, on the eve of the biggest night of his alleged son’s career, news is breaking that Stovell is seeking $4 million from LeBron and his mother for fraud, defamation and misrepresentation.
Among Stovell’s best arguments for him in fact being LeBron’s father is that his middle name is “Bryce,” just like LeBron’s second son’s.
Well if they’re both named Bryce that’s as good as a DNA test…
Bottom line, this is probably a scam. Stovell is most likely just another guy trying to hustle a few dollars out of a successful celebrity. Sure, he has a nice little resume, but there is no rule that intelligent people can’t be crazy too.
At the end of the day, maybe this will take a bit of attention from the circus that is the LeBron-a-thon free agency period, and for that, we can all be grateful.