Usually Miami Beach is a place where professional athletes go to get in trouble, not their mothers. Several reports claim that LeBron James' mother Gloria James was arrested early this morning at the Fontainebleau resort and could be hit with misdemeanor charges of simple battery. Updated.
Very few details have been released about the arrest, and there are currently conflicting reports as to whether or not she has been released from custody. Though there are unconfirmed rumors that James, who is in her early 40s, got into a scuffle with a valet at the posh hotel on 4401 Collins Ave.
Update: According to Local 10, James was indeed arrested for hitting a parking attendant at the resort. She is still being questioned at Miami Beach police headquarters.
: According to TMZ
, Gloria has been partying at super club LIV earlier in the night, and that police were called to the scene at 4:47 a.m. She has since been released from custody.
: More details
have come out surrounding the arrest. The parking attendant had retrieved a black SUV for James and waited 30 minutes for her to actually come and get the car, and eventually left the keys with a cashier.
James eventually came to get the keys, but when the attendant didn't have them she asked, "Where are my fucking keys?" and then slapped him.
Police arrived to find James in the passenger seat of the SUV, with another woman in the driver's seat.
Police said she had "bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath." Steve Stowe, a Miami Heat executive, was sent to pick her up.