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Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:23 pm
 
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was delayed by parking garage officials when he attempted to attend shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. Posted by Ben Golliver.

LeBron James, the self-dubbed King of Akron, did not receive the royal treatment upon his second return to Cleveland on Tuesday. James, who decided to leave the Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat last summer, was reportedly held up by parking garage officials when he attempted to attend Miami's Tuesday morning shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. 

The Heat Index reports that the delay stemmed from the fact that James did not request "private car access to the underground garage" -- something that is regularly given to visiting players -- in advance as required by arena policy.
James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat's shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers' underground parking garage.
Cavs officials said James eventually was cleared to enter the building, but several people with him were not. The two cars then left, and James alone returned a short time later and was allowed in, officials said.
Obviously, this was no accident or miscommunication. 

If you're a security guard making minimum wage (or close to it) at a basketball arena and LEBRON JAMES shows up, on schedule, to attend a scheduled morning shootaround and your records don't show his name on the list, 999 times out of 1,000 you're going to let him in so that your boss doesn't find out that you delayed James from his shootaround and cans you on the spot. Also, one of the few benefits of that job is a working walkie-talkie or radio, which is crucial in the event that something potentially headline-worthy or dangerous might happen. That James eventually left the scene tells you everything you need to know about where the chain of command stood on this one.

That James' entourage was not allowed to enter the arena with him is a particularly fitting detail, as most accounts of James' time in Cleveland have his friends being able to do whatever they want, whenever they want. This has all the markings of a very obvious, very petty move by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Something like, "You snub me in free agency, you play by the rules when you're in my house and your friends can rot in..." 

You'd like to think Gilbert is above this sort of thing, but he recently heckled an excellent writer, Kelly Dwyer, with some sophomoric stupidity on Twitter and, of course, there was that whole Comic Sans incident which is too gruesome to recall in detail. Really, this is par for the course. He's probably in his office right now cackling about the headlines, failing to realize they make him look terrible. Get over it, man.
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

I LOVE how Miami fans (which I am sure Dejavu is one) say get over it, he left yet they still haven't gotten over after 9 years their loss in the Fiesta Bowl because I always see comments about how they wuz robbed! Cry  It's like getting over an ex. We can bi*ch all we want

to. We are not stalking him or impeding him in any way, but when he comes to our house he's gonna hear it so shut your pie holes and

deal with it! I have this strange feeling we beat the Heat last night ! DEJAVU




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:48 am
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

The really funny part of this whole thing is that the Cavs are a better basketball team than Ben Golliver is a writer...and the Cavs are  a historically bad basketball team.



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:53 am
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Come on Dan Gilbert and Cleveland fans get over it already Lebron played tere seven yers and the ownership couldnt get him any
 help to win a championship and when they did try to get him help they got two players that where at the bottom of there career
 in Shaq and Jamison. Also before Lebron decided to sign with Miami he tried to get Chris Bosh to join him in Cleveland but Bosh
 didnt want to play for Cleveland so Lebron figured if he couldnt someone of Bosh's caliber to sign with the Cavs then nobody was
 going to want join him in Cleveland so he bailed. The more Cavs fans boo him or treat him bad when he comes to your Arena the more
 he thinks you guys still care what he does so take the high road and act like he doesnt matter or exist to you! Lastly you guys have some
 nice players to build around, will have salary cap space for next season, and two picks in the lottery, so brighter days are ahead!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:14 am
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

I guarantee the writer of this article will be in the shower after the game to wash Lebron's back among other things!

O r h i s f r o n t.



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Lebron was never denied access to thet arena. His entourage, who have nothing to do with the cavs were denied access. I dont know about you, but i need a ticket to get into the game. Why would youthink an oppossing player would be allowed to bring in 6 people into a secured arena. Lebron does not play in Cleveland anymore.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Who wrote this crap?  Who cares?



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:33 pm
 

LeBron not only has no guts




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

From the way Ben has his byline written it seems that even he is embarrassed by what he wrote. Normally it's easy to find out who wrote a bad article on this site. But this time I had to look twice as hard. If LeBron James does not follow the rules then why is it petty of Dan Gilbert and the Cavs for not letting "anyone and everyone" to enter a stadium. I found Ben's assessment of the situation comical at best and disparaging at worst. Ben basically said that a low paid no nothing security guard does not know anything and can only be trusted with a walkie talkie and even then he is barely proficient in using it. Ben goes on to talk about "chain of command" and not upsetting the big boss. Ben goes on to say that Gilbert is petty. Ben...you are the petty one. The security guard was following the rules. Imagine if LeBron James "friends" had caused a ruckus. Then who would be the fool now? The security guard should not be castigated, but commended. He had the courage to stand up and do the right thing. I wish cbs would do the right thing and fire you. I found your article incompetent and demeaning towards hard working class Americans. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

If you're a security guard making minimum wage (or close to it) at a basketball arena and LEBRON JAMES shows up, on schedule, to attend a scheduled morning shootaround and your records don't show his name on the list, 999 times out of 1,000 you're going to let him in so that your boss doesn't find out that you delayed James from his shootaround and cans you on the spot.
LOL. Yeah right. Whoever wrote this obviously has no clue how security operations and security contracts work. More than likely Cleveland management made it clear to the Security management and its employees that specific protocols must be followed and any guard  found to be  ignoring protocols would be fired. Also arena security do not make minimum wage. Most of them are about +6 dollars over the minimum.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Why should James' buddies get access to the parking garage?  And I bet most of the Heat arrived on the team bus, not in their own car with a group of other guys.  Lebron might call himself the "King of Akron" but Cleveland's not gonna give him any special treatment anymore.


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