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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.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:33 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Cry me a river Cleveland25.  The Cavs were going to sink whether he told you the first day of free agency or the last.

Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:31 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage


Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:28 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

This article and the replies can be summed in just a few short words:

Who the hell cares?

Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:28 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

However wrote this article should never right another one again. Maybe if you were from Cleveland you would no how it feels when you star player holds you hostage all summer, and then decides to leave without telling you. Gilbert has every right to not want James' trashy friends inside his place. 

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:20 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

You lost me at "excellent writer, Kelly Dwyer".

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:13 pm

Golliver Wants New Job at TMZ

Hey Ben...I can't even begin to address the insanity, stupidity, and utter drivel that you call a sports article. I could just picture you like the reporters on TMZ after they chased down a celebrity..."and the security guard hassled him and it was the CEO's fault.  Tee-hee-hee." You are in idiot!  I suppose when the "Sandwich Artist" at Subway put too much mayo on your BMT that it was a secret conspiracy by the CEO of Subway out to get you.  Or...when the person at the counter of the BMV entered your name wrong on your new driver's license that it was secretly a setup led by President Obama. Come on, man...your story contains SOOOOO much conjecture that it should be filed under fiction. The leaps you take in your story about a parking garage attendent being told by a billionaire to hassle Lebron James upon entering the arena are larger than the Grand Canyon...even the nuts in Hollywood would say it is to unbelievable. 

I live in the Cleveland suburbs and I can tell you that locally, nobody cares.  Lebron James' return for the 2nd time...when are you going to give it up?  After his 32nd appearance at the Q since "The Decision?"  Come on man... The national media, and unfortunately, at least for the time being, we have to put this idiot into that category, is so starved for stories that they are making something out of nothing, and even making things up.  You need help Ben...but be careful, the ticket taker on the toll into the city might delay you for a few minutes on your way home tonight...of course, you can blame Mayor Bloomberg, or even Governor Cuomo for that!!!!

Ben Golliver's new theme song:

They're coming to take me away, HA HA
They're coming to take me away, HO HO HEE HEE HA HA
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see
Those nice, young men
In their clean, white coats
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:12 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Gilbert and the Cavs are straight up losers.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:10 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

On one hand I can see that he is no longer employed with the organization and therefore his only business there is to play and warm up with his team. Any other visitors would need to follow procedures.

But on the other hand, it would seem that if Michael Jordan showed up at the Chicago Bulls arena and had friends - they would get right in. I guess he should have stayed in Cleveland a bit longer and won some championships.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:10 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

"He obviously has so you should too."

Really? Yes. he obviously has. Obviously. It must be a different LeBron James that keeps chirping about remembering everything that was ever said about him. It was a different Lebron in the absurd "What should I have done??" commercials. And the LeBron that tweeted about God after Cleveland got destroyed earlier this season? That was a different guy. The LeBron you're talking about it over it. Obviously.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:04 pm

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Yes, shame on the Cavs staff (and making fun of how much money they make was extra classy. I guess snarky bloggers are rolling in dough) for following rules. Shame on Gilbert for taking a little dig at LeBron after years of coddling him like a baby panda. Shame on everyone in the Cavs organization for not allowing a player on another team to bring his posse with him to a practice. Never mind that this player went on national television and made a mockery of the town, the team, the Boys & Girls Club, journalism, good taste, respect, restraint, morals, decency, fashion and the NBA all at once. That's all forgotten, you damn crybabies. Let poor Bron bring his posse of yes-men with him wherever he goes. Damn your silly rules. Just let him park on the court next time. Maybe he can run over a few vendors on the way. They probably make minimum wage, too.

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