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Update: 5:27 p.m.: Here's a little reaction more from James in an ESPN.com video.
"I think it's a sensitive subject. It's a personal matter and it's been taken care of ... She's fine ... She's fine. You have to move forward. It is my life, things you have to deal with, like I said, I try not to let it be a distraction. I have a job to do."
Update 2:10 p.m.: James spoke to reporters this morning on the subject.
"It's a sensitive subject. It's a personal matter that's being taken care of. She's fine."Update 2:03 p.m.: Marcel Mutoni of SLAM and Bruce Arthur of the National Post share this detail from the police report: LeBron sent a team executive , head of the Miami Heat charitable fund to pick up Gloria James from jail. That could have been Heat PR's call, to try and avoid the scene of LeBron or one of his associates picking his mother up from jail. This doesn't play well, either, however. The whole situation is painful and embarrassing and being played out in public.
Update 12:50 p.m.: A police report filed says that James was arrested under the influence of alcohol, and that the charge stemmed from her slapping a valet. Then later she became hostile with the cops. . From TMZ:
The cop says the valet explained that he retrieved James' car and put it on the valet ramp in front of the hotel while Gloria and a female driver stood around talking to people for 30 minutes. Finally, the valet says he turned the car off.via LeBron's Mom to Cop -- 'I Don't Trust Your Kind' | TMZ.com .
The valet says (Gloria James) then approached him and stated, "Where are my (expletive) keys(?)" and continued yelling profanities at the victim."
The report explains, "Then for no apparent reason the arrestee struck the victim with an open had [sic] across the right side of his face and in the process causing herself to lose her balance and falling to the ground."
After (Gloria James) was transported to a nearby police station, the report continues, a shift commander -- Lt. Acosta -- tried to speak with James who responded, "I'm trying to trust you but I don't trust your kind ... I don't trust that officer who arrested me."
As you can see from the comments below, mankind is reacting to this story with the usual amount of restraint and caution of judgment it usually does.
Original report: When LeBron James packed up and headed down to Miami (while keeping his home in Akron), he talked a lot about what was best for his family. This is probably not what he meant. LeBron's mother Gloria was reportedly arrested last night at the Fontainebleau resort on Miami Beach for misdemeanor assault. No other details are available, we'll keep you posted right here.
This isn't the first time James' mother has had trouble. She was last arrested on a DUI charge in 2006, and James famously had to tell his mother to sit down and stop yelling during a game. She's been at the center of a lot of controversy for James, and this probably won't help matters. But James continues to stick by her, because she's all the family he's got outside of his long-time girlfriend and his two sons.
James has clearly done what he can to try and provide her with a stable life to avoid situations like this. With the Heat dropping a key game in the playoff race to the Bucks Wednesday night, James can't afford to have these kind of distractions, with just a little over a week before playoffs begin.