LeBron James' attorney has fired off a cease and desist email -- finally denying the fast-spreading, and disturbing rumor of a sex scandal involving LeBron's mom and his teammate Delonte West.The rumor is probably false but I know a lot of Cavs fans who want it to be true. Why? If it's true, it would at least explain Game 5 and the Cavaliers' epic collapse to the Celtics.
TMZ obtained a copy of the email sent to terezowens.com -- the sports blog that first reported on Friday that LeBron's mother Gloria was allegedly sleeping with Delonte. In the email, Frederick Nance -- attorney for LeBron and Gloria -- says the report is "categorically false and per se defamatory." Nance adds, "No thinking person could possibly believe such rubbish."
The report -- which also spread as a viral email -- was supposed to explain the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff loss to the Boston Celtics with this theory: LeBron finds out about Delonte and his mom before game 4 ... Cavs go on to lose games 4, 5, and 6 (and possibly LeBron).
The guys at terezowens tell us, "We think it's a little fishy that they waited almost 4 days to fire this off." They say they stand by their source, and they're consulting with their lawyers. The story is still up on their site ... for now.
UPDATE: We also spoke to Keith Estabrook -- a spokesman for the James family -- who told us, "I will not dignify this with a comment."
Because, at the moment, all we have to go on is the fact that, for some reason, the Cavs (and LeBron especially) stopped giving a shit about halfway through the Boston series. We're still looking for answers why the Best Team in the NBA lost their final two home games by a combined 50 points. We want answers (and this makes a lot more sense than "LeBron bombed these last games on purpose so he could more easily leave the Cavs in free agency").
I guarantee, at some point in the future, there will be a book written about the 2010 Cavaliers and their epic meltdown.
And for what it's worth, barring anymore Delonte revelations, I fully support calling this latest Cleveland sports moment The LeBacle.