Miami Beach, Fla. — The mother of Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James was arrested by Miami Beach police after she was accused of assaulting a valet worker because it was taking too long to have her car delivered.
Police said Gloria James had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and her eyes were bloodshot when officers arrived at the hotel about 4:47 a.m. Thursday. She was released with a promise to appear on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.
“It’s a sensitive subject,” LeBron James said after the Heat practiced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a personal matter. It’s being taken care of.”
Police said several witnesses supported valet worker Sorel Rockfeller’s account of the alleged assault. LeBron James said people are helping his mother with the situation, and that he was not at the hotel with her early Thursday.
“You have to move forward,” the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP said. “It is my life, and there’s certain things you have to deal with. You try not to let it be a distraction. I have a job to do, still.”
Gloria James pleaded no contest to DUI and other charges in 2006. It’s unclear if she has retained an attorney.