You might remember that last year, Fox Sports Radio personality Stephen A. Smith was the first guy to report that LeBron James indeed would be joining Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat. People laughed at him when he first Tweeted the assertion, but he looked pretty prescient after it all went down. Well, now he's back calling attention to some new LeBron rumors, and it's the kind of baseless gossip mongering you'd think he'd be above.
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This morning, Smith said that he's "[heard] things" through the "grapevine" of a "personal nature," and it may or may not involve, "somebody other than the player," and it may or may not "have a profound effect on the player," and it has nothing to do with "the game of basketball."
What could Smith be talking about? The internet seems to know. Twitter is rife with rumors that LeBron's longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson is having an affair with the Washington Wizard's Rashard Lewis.
Stephen may have ignited interest in the rumor, but Twackle tracks the source of the rumor back to a Houston, Texas-area hip hop radio station:
"I have a very reliable source who clubs and drinks with all of the athletes that come through Orlando. He was all over the Tiger Woods issue and knew what all happened with Tiger prior to it being released publicly. My buddy has a place in Orlando, Lake Nona to be exact, and he lives among some athletes that live there in Orlando. Needless to say he golfs, drinks, and parties with some of the best people in central Florida. So when word got to him while at the bar last night, he called me. Word got out while drinking with friends, that Rashard Lewis slept with LeBron's girl while visiting South Beach."
This all seems like a shady, unfounded rumor stemming from LeBron's poor play in Game 4.
For one thing, don't trust any body in Orlando who thinks they're "connected."
Secondly, Rashard literally just got engaged, and his lovey dovey engagement pictures hit the net earlier this week. Granted, it's not like a man cheating on his fiancee is unheard of, but he's not a single guy either.
Besides, even if they are true, LeBron is far from the only player on the Heat going through a personal problem right now. Chris Bosh is fighting a custody battle just so his young daughter can attend a game. Meanwhile, Mike Miller's newborn daughter has been battling for her young life.
Yet, Bosh and Miller seem to be playing pretty effectively. We'd think LeBron would be able to take inspiration from his teammates and put his personal problems, however serious they may be, on the sideline during the game. Which makes us think that these rumors might be pretty baseless anyway. Sometimes, even during the finals, a player has a bad game. That doesn't mean their personal life is crashing down behind the scenes.