A man claiming to be the father of basketball star LeBron James has sauntered back into his life, and not surprisingly, Leicester Bryce Stovell is seeking a few million dollars from his possible son.
55-year-old Stovell says that he had an affair with the athlete’s mother Gloria in 1984, when he was 29 and LeBron’s mother was 15. The man claims Gloria returned months after the one-night stand to inform him of her pregnancy, and Stovell says at that time he also planted the seeds for basketball greatness:
Stovell claims Gloria returned to her hometown in Ohio after their one-night stand, but returned several months later to tell him she was pregnant… A self-proclaimed high school star athlete, Stovell says he told Gloria, “Well, if he’s mine, make sure he plays basketball.”
It appears that Stovell was fine with offering extracurricular activity advice rather than actual, real child-supporting dough to his underage baby mama- until LeBron became a big name baller. Now, Stovell wants his cut, too:
More than 20 years later, Stovell says he called Gloria in 2007 after noticing physicial similarites between himself and the NBA superstar.
“[I was] struck by our similarity in appearance …” he says in the docs. “James and I are nearly if not identical height and pigmentation and have very similar athletic body types.”
James is expected to receive a contract this week topping $100 million, which probably has nothing to do with Stovell’s sudden desire to be a dad. Stovell says that while tests say James isn’t his son, the basketball star and his mother conspired to tamper with the test’s results. He is moving forward in forging the father-son relationship by suing his possible progeny for fraud, defamation and misrepresentation.