If the current courting of LeBron James by half of the NBA to join their respective franchises and the rumors that fellow Cavaliers player Delonte West was allegedly having sex with James’ mother weren’t enough of a soap opera, a lawsuit filed recently in federal court alleges that LeBron and his mother, Gloria, tampered with DNA evidence in a paternity test. TMZ reported Wednesday that Leicester Bryce Stovell filed a lawsuit asking for $4 million from LeBron and Gloria James for fraud, defamation, and misrepresentation. He is claiming that he may be LeBron James’ father and that LeBron and Gloria James participated in a cover-up in order to perpetuate James’ image as the “successful fatherless child from the projects.” Leicester Bryce Stovell also claims that LeBron has anger over abandonment issues and his mother claims she never met him.
Leicester Stovell claims in the documents that he was struck by his and LeBron’s similar features, skin pigmentation, and athletic physiques after seeing James play. He also remembered meeting Gloria James in a bar in Washington, D.C. in 1984. He claims to have had unprotected sex with Gloria James, then lost touch with her after she told him she was pregnant and moved back to Ohio. Unsure of his fatherhood, Stovell’s says he told James, “Well, if he’s mine, make sure he plays basketball.”
Over twenty years later, in 2007, Leicester Bryce Stovell says he reached out to Gloria James. She claimed to not know him. Stovell also claims that Gloria James threatened to have him physically harmed.
Still, a few days later, Stovell alleges that LeBron James contacted him through a lawyer and agreed to a DNA test to see in Stovell actually was his father. Results he was shown, he claimed, ruled out that LeBron James was his son. But after a few months, he grew suspicious that Gloria and LeBron had tampered with the DNA evidence.
According to documents, Leicester Bryce Stovell believes that the cover-up was to protect the “one dimensional commercial image-making purpose … to make [LeBron’s] life suggestive of Spike Lee’s popular 1998 sports drama film, ‘He Got Game.'”
And if one were to think that Leicester Stovell might simply be grasping at straws in order to insinuate himself into the basketball all-star’s life, he offers that LeBron’s second son is named “Bryce” for a reason, that it is no coincidence that his name is also Bryce.
Could Leicester Bryce Stovell be LeBron James’ father? Or could he simply be a golddigger? A crackpot? A confidence man looking to make a big score? He could be but to what purpose? Stovell is a Princeton graduate with a law degree from the University of Chicago. He went on to become a Senior Advisor to the Security and Exchange Commission.
Stovell’s lawsuit surfaces during the circus that has erupted around LeBron James’ free agency status. Speculation has run rampant about James’ future prospects with the Cleveland Cavaliers and several other NBA franchises. One rumor notes that a trade was being generated to move Delonte West, who was rumored via TerezOwens.com to have been having an affair with James’ mother, out of Cleveland in order to keep LeBron happy — and in Cleveland.