Originally written October 29, 2012 on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
As USA Today points out, the whole Delonte West and Gloria James ordeal was just a rumor.  That rumor was always circulating on the web when LeBron James would do horribly on the court and as a nasty taunt to get into his head.  The rumor was pretty much that Delonte West and Gloria James (LeBron’s mother) had a relationship going on that dates back to the days when LeBron and Delonte were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Delonte West told The Dallas Morning News: 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?  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. That rumor and/or taunt really is horrible.  On the other hand, the fact that the idea was being thrown around so loosely and freely, fans started actually believing that Delonte West was LeBron’s step-father.  Now that Delonte West denies all of that, somewhere out there, LeBron haters are conjuring another nasty taunt in an attempt to get to him.  I, for one, still stand by my criticism of LeBron James for “The Decision” and all that followed.  ”Not 7″ said the self-proclaimed “king”.  I will never forget that.  Nor will people automatically forget about this whole Delonte/Gloria James rumor.
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