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Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 1:35 pm  |  86 responses

LeBron James Police Escort Reportedly Under Investigation (UPDATE)


UPDATE: The Miami-Dade Police Department admits they broke protocol when they helped LeBron James get to a concert faster, when he was stuck in traffic. Per TMZ: “The rep says LeBron was stuck in standstill traffic at 191st street Friday night and its officers escorted him to the Sun Life Stadium on 199th street, a total of 8 blocks. [...] The rep tells us, ‘This should not have happened.’ The rep says the department is still looking into which officers were involved and will determine what punishment, if any, is appropriate. Sources tell us, Jay Z was refusing to start the concert without LeBron present, so police determined it was in everyone’s best interest to get LeBron there ASAP.”

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James stunted heavy on the Internet, showing video of him getting a police escort — going down the wrong side of the street, no less — to a Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert. The matter, according to TMZ, is now under investigation: “Miami City PD, Miami Gardens PD, Florida Highway Patrol, and Miami-Dade PD all stated on the record that it was not one of their cruisers leading LBJ to the Jay Z/Justin Timberlake show on Friday night. LeBron posted an Instagram video of himself riding behind the police car with its strobe lights flashing as they drove down the wrong side of the road. However, several law enforcement sources kept pointing us back to Miami-Dade PD, claiming that would be the agency with jurisdiction at Sun Life Stadium, where the concert was held. While Miami-Dade initially denied involvement, an officer with the agency now tells us they are ‘investigating’ because LBJ’s escort would’ve been a break from protocol.”

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  • Dfrance

    Knew this was a bonehead move by LBJ when I saw the video. Now he done got someone fired. lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    This is why we can no longer have nice things.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Yep. Pretty much. Social Media be ruining lives smh

  • spit hot fiyah

    i once saw terry mills drive his phantom on the wrong side of the road in hollywood after 2 am. cool. story.bro. (true story though)

  • bike

    Just remember while reading this is that, somewhere, right now, some poor guy on this planet is getting ready to hang himself.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    What an enigmatic character. One minute he flirts with the idea of running for nbpa prez and the next minute he does something this boneheaded and juvenile. This also speaks volumes about twitter. People of his stature should be locked out of their twitter accounts by their designated pr person.
    He will hardly be affected by this and he will surely remind us mere mortals to go back to our mundane lives but some poor sap in the police department will have to pay dearly for this Lebron James “I don’t know how I got here” moment.

  • Sizzle

    Wow man “The Decision” really hit you that hard huh?

  • RipCity

    he’s right. This was a pretty dumb move and some officer will probably lose his job over this.

  • Dfrance

    This was Instagram doe.

    Nah I agree with it being a bonehead move, but I don’t really think he thought past “this is cool, I’m beating traffic let me share” It wasn’t an “I’m better than yall” thing.

  • Anthony

    (“Everything that’s understood don’t need 2b talked about”….- T.I. on Rick Ross’ 9 Piece track) You don’t want cameras around when you w/ Drake in Toronto, but you put someone on blast when they give you da hook-up….C’mOn Son!

  • leland

    ????

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Do I appear to be a Cavs fan?

  • 3l Fanatico

    just another Dumb Jock and then this fool wonders why he gets so much Hate from people, LBJ=Dumbass Douschebag

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    You get an upvote for the rap reference sir. Kudos.

  • Dfrance

    Seriously tho. LeBron or his people hit you up for this illegal escort and you don’t give them any kind of disclaimers???

    Like TI said on the Rack City Remix “No phone, no twitter, no email!”

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    That’s not exactly what I’m saying. I don’t think it was malicious. I think the expectation was to take the emergency lane and next thing their going against traffic on the opposite side. In itself an adrenaline rush worth sharing. But he shouldn’t have and that’s where Lebron’s judgment comes into play. I am one that judges people over time by their actions. Everyone starts at 0 with me. Here’s why I find him enigmatic. Someone who came into the league with what seemed such maturity and composure yet prone to immense blunders out in the full spectrum. Childlike almost. The “I’m better than yall” persona he displays when feeling cornered stems imo from his vulnerability, which then get’s countered with the humility of the “I don’t know how I got here”. Would you agree there?

  • Feez_22

    If the police officer(s) involved are punished, lebron should at least throw them an alley oop of some sort (compensation, tickets to an event, etc)… Lebron probably did not know the police doing what they did was breaking protocol but nonetheless it would be noble to look out for those officers. Maybe lebron can go to the station and reason with them…

    Hopefully the cops don’t get fired. That would suck… getting fired for helping out nba superstar lebron james…

  • Sizzle

    I highly doubt a police officer will lose his job over this. It takes a lot more for a police officer to lose his job then an unauthorized police escort (which was authorized by someone btw). Police protect each other. Paid suspension (if anything).

  • Sizzle

    Know plenty of people turned off by LeBron over the decision that weren’t cav fans (See 80% of NBA fans in 2010-2011)

  • Evan Boland

    Ya, because it was pathetic.

  • Evan Boland

    Fire the pigs.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Surely I was part of that 80%, but it seems already ancient history to me. However, it was a defining moment into LBJ psyche. And just to revisit for a second. A man of such high expectations and goals, after clearly suffering from regression (team) in 09/10, decides to take a calculated gamble to get him back on his trajectory. Nothing wrong with that. But I bet, many years from now he will come forth and say that the 1 hr decision was something that should have been done differently or not at all. And while most of those people might have forgotten, Cleveland sports fans probably never will.

  • Gwen Drummond

    We’ll listen 2 all the haters,omg,if u guys don’t have ,anything nice 2 say,don’t say anything,n tell yo troubles,2 Jesus,he has all da answers.ok no this,if anything were 2 go down with that officer,LBJames has his back.miss.”G”.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Sounds like someone knows about how the police operate with each other.

  • underdog

    I didn’t think I’m going to defend LeBron on this one, but here it is. What the hell he was supposed to do? Tell his driver NOT to do whatever the police officer told to do? Tell his driver NOT to follow the police car with all its lights on? Should he have knew what the protocol of the Miami PD is, in cases like this? Officers decided to escort him, because they thought they save some time for everybody. LeBron made a video of a cool event, that’s what social media is about, imo. Yeah, he probably didn’t know the officers are breaking protocol. And that’s why you don’t break protocol in 2013 when everybody is running around with cameras in their pockets. Like it or not people are equal, but some are more equal. Yeah it sucks, but deal with it.

    p.s.: the real d!ck in the story is Jay.

  • danpowers

    there are equals? nt really lol

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    He’s said numerous times already on national TV that he would change how he handled that situation.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Let me sum things up for you because I’m a nice guy. Police broke protocol and forced what could have turned out to be a very dangerous situation for a rich negro to get to another much richer negro, all so that they could have a party! And so far this should warrant some anonymous bottle popping in celebration of a civil rights milestone. However negro 1, the beneficiary of the criminal act, decides to post the evidence on twitter. And thus as a result there is a criminal investigation that won’t go away in the immediate.
    ps: It should be noted that police receive credit for trying to break the CPT stigma.

  • shockexchange

    Just one more distraction for The Kang and his quest to stay on top. Meanwhile, Paul George and Kevin Durant and ‘em on their grind.

  • shockexchange

    There he goes with that 1st person talk again. What a narcissist.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Kudos to him, it was the appropriate thing to do. And thanks for pointing it out.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Hey whatsup old foghorn.

    Your diagnosis came back!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    I disagree. Never seen an “I’m better than yall” attitude from him at all. Are you unaware of his upbringing? Have you heard him talk about his childhood and his mom? If you have, you’d understand that he would be the last person to think he’s better than people. This is the same dude who has the same friends he’s had since high school. About to get married to the same woman he’s been with since high school.

    Often, people will project their own insecurities on successful people and expect those people to help them feel better about not having what they have. This happens a lot with James and other big-time athletes. “LeBron, be humble with what you have and don’t talk about it so that I can feel better about not being as talented, wealthy or skilled as you are at your craft.” These same people were waiting for him to lose and they celebrated. But after he wins and when he’s feeling good about himself, he can’t talk about it because those people will be offended if he enjoys himself too much. It’s not his responsibility to make anyone feel good about themselves.

    His comments after losing in the 2011 Finals have been misunderstood by a lot of people. What he was saying was basically this…”Me and my team losing a series has no real effect on anyone else’s life. You all will return to your problems and issues tomorrow even though we lost and if we had won, you’d still go back to your lives like I will with my family and friends. If you have serious issues in your life, they have not been made better by me losing.” Is none of that true? So many people, who were already upset at him and pulling for them to lose, interpreted his comments in the way that they wanted to. They were ready to pounce on him if he said anything other than “I apologize for last summer. Please forgive me. Please think I’m a nice guy again.” They wanted an apology. When he didn’t give it and when his attitude was one of defiance, it was time to misinterpret his words and criticize some more.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    That’s more than likely exactly how it went down. Watching people so eager to blame James for this is pretty funny to me, but expected. And let’s also remember that it was Justin Timberlake’s concert as well.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Haven’t seen recent videos of LeBron back in the gym? I have. He’s also back in the lab.

  • shockexchange

    But is in back in the library though. He needs a quiet place where he can perform his “studies.” Just saying …

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Take the video and show it to your kids. What is this notion that you HAVE to share everything with the world all the time just because you can?

  • underdog

    Good question, but I can’t answer that, I’m not a big social media guy. Probably it’s different for people who have fans, and are living in a celebrity centered society.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Noted, while I paraphrased DFrance’s statement with which I disagreed, I merely tried to highlight what seems to be the vulnerable side of his persona that manifests themselves in two different media personalities. This is what I find fascinating. Mind you I am hardly a psychologist and don’t claim to be one.

    I am aware of his upbringing and his respect for his mother, his loyalty to his childhood friends. But this is nothing unusual for an only child from a single mother household. Having longterm friendships with childhood friends is also not unusual imo.

    The misunderstanding of his statements have taken on enormous proportions and therefore I merely propose for a young man like him to stay clear from social media and focus on his personally set goals from which he seems to get inadvertently distracted. Becoming the first billionaire athlete and becoming the best basketball player ever. Both attainable and I’m rooting for him.

    There are many current debates about the benefits of social media and their net worth in todays economy/productivity.
    For one, we should probably be working right now. Yet as a whole we are spending an enormous amount on discussing something that’s completely trivial to our day to day lives.

    So had he not posted this, we wouldn’t be discussing it. And there would be no tax resources spent on an investigation and nobodies head would roll at the department.
    Bottom line is he should not have posted it no matter how exciting the moment was, because there would clearly be consequences for others. A King should act accordingly and with the bigger picture in his sights.

    As far as my opinion on him as a player, he (the best player in the world) happened to have joined a team I despise vehemently. This is my own peeve and is influenced by the history of the franchise and further fueled by a guy named Cliff. lol

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Neither can I, but I always felt that twitter for celebrities would be best served to counter TMZ accusations (the embarrassing snapshot coming out the club waisted with some chick on your arm) rather than fueling them.

  • Evan Boland

    You just get off defending every little thing he does don’t you? It’s pretty sad, man.

  • That Dude

    The real bad guy is Jay-Z who wouldn’t start a concert until he got to suck Lebron’s dick. The police who escorted Lebron are idiots but nothing more. Lebron took them up on the escort. Who would say no?

  • 23

    Awesome. Finally someone finds the right words to say it.

  • xnyer

    Jay-z was quoted he wasn’t gonna start the concert without Lebaby present……….TJ didn’t say that……….

  • Jack

    Did he get that type of service to jury duty?

  • Busta213

    My only problem with the 1hr decision show was that ESPN only had 5 minutes of content – for an event they had been talking about and pushing for from 2 years prior.

    Really, Cavs fans were gonna be distraught no matter how the message got told.

  • Busta213

    I don’t think it as much a “I’m better than you” mentality as much as it’s is the confidence that most outgoing young men have. At 28, i would’ve told you that “I’m awesome” and I wasn’t a millionaire athlete.

    I don’t begrudge him his right to to be confident. Sometimes he’s probably a little too honest with the media for his own good, but we don’t need another Duncan-bot, so I can live with that.

    He seems well liked amongst his peers, and obviously has helped out his close friends. he isn’t soo bad…its funny how some folks will find any reason to turn on him tho.

  • Yup

    How does them being a certain color affect this situation? Also there was a caucasian involved. The concert was also Justin Timberlake’s.

  • Mike

    Meanwhile, drug dealers are distributing and illegal guns are still out in that same street..but they’re looking into this?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    1) Who’s TJ? 2) Lebaby? Go sit down.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Priorities.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    So…do you ever have any original thoughts at all worth reading or no?

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    You have to Understand the #NewRules Philosophy… Jay Z can do what he wants and so can LeBron.

  • Human

    Seriously? I can recall a pregnant woman or injured person needing at leasr a police escirt to the hospital a few times. But, this person gets a police escort ti a concert fir fun? And what about ty lawson? Chandler makes jokes about the situation? Ty Lawson possibly asaaulted a woman! And chandler his teammate thinks it is all funny? I wonder if the mayor of Denver will give him the key to the city so he can break into any house and hurt any woman he wants? Being a sports star make syou untouchable? WOW?

  • Dfrance

    All that is true, but why are we at this point? Because LeBron decided that he should share this abuse of power with the rest of the world through his Instagram feed. Does he not deserve some blame?

    Had he not posted that video, I bet all the $$$$$ in the world, no one would have known this happened.

  • marcbenedetti

    I maybe wrong, but something tells me Lebron doesn’t have any Justin Timberlake on his iPhone ???

  • nba is the worst

    Lebron should have ridden his bike to the show

  • heat

    1. LeBron is a spokesperson for Samsung(hence the commercials of him and his kids), therefore I doubt anyone Is on his “IPhone”. 2. If he listens to Jay-Z in which I would think so considering this started from Jay and JT concert, then he would have JT on his playlist. Atleast featured on Jay’s new single Holy G

  • Alexzandar Davilijanovic

    as a sidekick fool, plus JT is pure white chocolate

  • kansasslim

    I actually think the cops did the right thing and shouldn’t be punished. They saw that if they got the King to the damn concert, they might break up the jam. Give ‘em break and move on to something important.

  • DudeICan’tISoldYourCar

    What ‘Anthony’ said (I think!).

  • Umpire_Sam

    What about Marco Rubio’s daughter being airlifted after a minor golf cart accident ?
    What about the Florida Hwy patrol escorting Rubio 60 miles to the airport ?

  • Umpire_Sam

    Ok

    What about Marco Rubio’s daughter being airlifted after a minor golf cart accident ?

    What about the Florida Hwy patrol escorting Rubio 60 miles to the airport ?

  • delashmit

    Fire the officers, charged LeBron with a crime and fine him heavily.

  • spit hot fiyah

    my bad, it was chris mills. sorry terry

  • Gandalf47

    While I agree with the basic premise, “rich negro” and “negro 1″ and “negro 2″ should be substituted by “rich celebrity” or “rich person 1″ and “rich person 2″, so the racist component of your comment is eliminated. If it had been Bill Gates, or some other white rich person, I would feel the same way.

  • Gandalf47

    If these allegations regarding Rubio are true, then they are both abuse of political power and a waste of taxpayer money, and possibly illegal. Chris Christie in NJ is famous for his five minute helicopter rides to Little League games of his kid to avoid traffic. This is nothing new for politicians, and should be stopped, curtailed, or otherwise controlled. Similar perks for private citizens OF ANY COLOR who happen to be celebrities and very wealthy should be paid for solely by THEM, not the taxpayers.

    The exception is for the POTUS, since security to protect him is paramount, and warrants whatever measures necessary to protect him/her (Republican, Democrat, or Independent).

  • Gandalf47

    I saw a graphic recently of “spokespersons” for Samsung, HTC, LG, etc. all using iPhones in real life. When you are a paid shill for a company, that doesn’t mean you have to believe what you say, you just have to convince whomever is watching or listening to your pitch that you do.

  • Gandalf47

    I would have said no, but I know that is merely an academic and theoretical comment, since I do not expect such an offer any time soon, even if I had enough money to even afford to go to a JZ/JT concert.

  • Gandalf47

    What, exactly, is a “Duncan-bot”? Is that code for “Uncle Tom”? Tim Duncan is a gifted athlete with a proper sense of his place in the world. He does his job better than most, and has for a long time. He has won World Championships, as has LBJ, and has also been a perennial All Star, too, but has never been cited for drawing attention to himself in the manner in which LBJ does all the time. Duncan goes about his business in an effective, yet humble fashion, while LBJ revels in the adulation of his fans, both sincere and those simply in awe of his fame.

    Again – what, exactly, is a “Duncan-bot”?

  • Gandalf47

    More than once, I saw pictures in the LA Times of Andrew Bynum (not even a major star – just insanely rich for accomplishing almost nothing) being ticketed for parking his Ferrari in a handicapped zone. How can someone making that kind of money be so clueless in how that type of behavior is perceived by the public, and, more importantly, what is the right thing to do?

  • Gandalf47

    Any “compensation” would be considered a bribe, which would make the situation for any police officers even worse.

  • Gandalf47

    How much do you think would be considered “heavily” by LBJ? I bet that it is a LOT more than you or I would consider “heavily”.

  • Gandalf47

    Still wrong, and should be reimbursed by Rubio and taken into consideration next time he runs for something.

  • Gandalf47

    I’ll bet everything I have that the guy getting ready to hang himself isn’t LBJ”, but if it is, do you think he’d “Tweet” it?

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    The first should be a scandal, just like Chris Christie’s helicopter abuses. The second sounds like business as usual. Aggravating yes. One can only hope he was trying to catch a flight to DC to cast an important vote. Not exactly the same as entertainers looking out for each other. I must reiterate that my gripe is more with the fact he chose to cast it on twitter vs basking in this triumph in private, considering the consequences for others involved.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    My point exactly.

  • Chris LeDon

    no harm done, except on this video lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpxlaB3D2jk

  • lalaw

    Seriously – LBJ “The King” is a SUPERSTAR. The sacrafices LBJ has had to make along the way to earn and physically become “The KIng” is above and beyond what most persons can even comprehend, and not too mention the integrity and role model he continually displays.The revenue that his presence and commitment has brought Miami – seriously…doesn’t that afford him a perk or two? He has more than earned it. He can come live in my city and play for our NBA Team and we wouldn’t gripe once about him getting special treatment. I Mean – how trite…. LL

  • lalaw

    Seriously – LBJ “The King” is a SUPERSTAR. The sacrafices LBJ has had to make along the way to earn and physically become “The KIng” is above and beyond what most persons can even comprehend, and not too mention the integrity and role model he continually displays.The revenue that his presence and commitment has brought Miami – seriously…doesn’t that afford him a perk or two? He has more than earned it. He can come live in my city and play for our NBA Team and we wouldn’t gripe once about him getting special treatment. I Mean – how trite…. LL

  • lalaw

    Seriously – LBJ “The King” is a SUPERSTAR. The sacrafices LBJ has had to make along the way to earn and physically become “The KIng” is above and beyond what most persons can even comprehend, and not too mention the integrity and role model he continually displays.The revenue that his presence and commitment has brought Miami – seriously…doesn’t that afford him a perk or two? He has more than earned it. He can come live in my city and play for our NBA Team and we wouldn’t gripe once about him getting special treatment. LL

  • Tom De Lima

    Corruption.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    The entire Heat team was listening to Timberlake’s latest album in the locker room during the 27 game win streak according to Shane Battier. LeBron is reportedly the man in charge of the iPod in the locker room because he has more songs than anyone on his.

  • JL

    Nah they protect each other until the ish hits the fan, and it gets public, then someone takes the fall. Usually a lower peon unless it’s a real high profile case. Who knows what they deem this as. Who knows this could be all made up since I just see this in the movies.

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