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Team LeBron: Alleged Dad is a 'Money Grubber'

7/7/2010 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James' lawyer is lashing out at the man claiming to be his biological father -- claiming Leicester Bryce Stovell is just in it for the money.

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As we first reported, Stovell is suing LeBron and his mother, claiming the two of them tampered with a DNA test in an attempt to hide the true identity of LeBron's father.

Now, LeBron's attorney Fred Nance is slamming Stovell's claim -- saying, "The timing is obviously designed to gratuitously exploit LeBron’s announcement tomorrow."

Nance added, "A celebrity of LeBron’s stature gets many money grubbing claims all the time and this is no different.”

But Leicester is firing back -- telling TMZ, "This not a money grubbing case. This is a very carefully considered effort to resolve a pressing issue that should be handled seriously by LeBron James' attorney." 
 
Leicester concluded, "There is absolutely no relationship between what is happening in LeBron's life and the timing of the filing of this lawsuit ... the timing of the filing of this lawsuit is a product purely of legal considerations."

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31.

tigress    

So what, he is a sperm donor and one can do that. Where was he all those years when his "son" really needed a dad. This pig should be ashamed of himself.

1483 days ago
32.

Ms_Tell    

What a total raping POS this dude is. I don't care who his son is and how much money he makes, he is not entitled to one thin dime. Generally, there is no statute of limitations on rape, so this POS could be charged with it... THERE is a bargaining chip for you.

1483 days ago
33.

Michelle    

Who cares if he is the father. He should be charged with statutory rape having relations with a 15 year old. Oh wait he probably waited until the statute of limitations was over before he filed suit. Who cares if they covered up any tests what does that mean Lebron gets to pay his father for WHAT>>> Being his Father.....Ridiculous!!!!

1483 days ago
34.

jjp    

I don't get exactly what he is suing for? LeBron is an adult and does not have to have visitation with anyone he does not want to. I have not heard that financially supporting deadbeat parents is a lawful requirement. So what does the guy want exactly? Thanks I really don't get it.

1483 days ago
35.

Mindy    

LeBron looks just like his Mother. This money grubber comes out of the woodwork and instead of just wanting to be LeBron's Dad, he's suing them. The message is clear.

1483 days ago
36.

carol    

SMUCK. DEVOID OF INTELLECT. AND PRAY TELL., WHAT IS HE SUEING FOR?????? HE NEEDS TO PAY BACK CHILD SUPPORT. THIS DOES NOT MAKE NO KIND OF SENSE. COMICAL. HE SHOULD BE EMBARRASED. TIS A SHAME. HE HAS NO SHAME. AND BRAGGING THE GIRL WAS 15?????? DUH.

1483 days ago
37.

Virtual Insanity    

Why would he be entitled to any money?

1483 days ago
38.

tyler    

Man up lebron this guy is your dad. Your the same height that alone is very telling and there are similarities in their faces. What a great comeback, "he's money hungry" what a shame you would think a grown man would be the least bit interested in meeting his dad but I guess hes gonna stick to his story line and say his mom is his dad.

1483 days ago
39.

Tammy LM    

Ok, I'm just gonna come out with it. Who cares if he's the father or not? The guy is grown. He doesn't need a father if he doesn't want one. It's not like he's in need of being raised anymore. This is a grown man harrassing another grown man...why? If Money isn't the reason then so what if he is the father? He's not entitled to jack sh86t. This just sounds like the plot of a really bad Tyler Perry movie in the making now. "The Family That Plays" . If the guy doesn't want his father in his life so what? He shouldn't have to have any DNA test. What does forcing a DNA test of a grown man entitled this guy to? Visitation rights? Weekends and Holidays? Get real. He knows the guy might be his dad, but it's obvious he doesn't give a damn, so take a hint old man.... Leave him alone.

1483 days ago
40.

T    

I wonder what Mel Gibson has to say about this story..... I mean 15 year old girls getting stat raped by 29 year old men. One night stands, unprotected sex, basketball, bling, cover up, gold digging...... Gee I can not understand why Mel feels the way he does. He is unfounded and must have deep seated racist feelings, it could never be based upon the actions and decisions that the Black Community makes, accepts and defends....

1483 days ago
41.

Guest    

This guy is obviously not in it for the money. Read the do***ents. Gloria James didn't allow this man to be in Lebrons life. She disappeared. He is suing now because he believes the DNA test taken was a fraud. This man is definitely well educated and i believe he is just doing this to get justice. And also, it states that Lebrons lawyer says that Stovell is just in it for the money. That is contradicting. He only gets money if he wins the case. So the lawyer is basically admitting that he might be the dad but he just wants the money. If in court it is proven that he is the father, Lebron and his mom are indeed guilty of fraud. Lebrons mother might just have some serious issues.

1483 days ago
42.

Derek    

Has anyone talked with Maury Povich yet to get to the bottom of this?.........................When it comes to 25 yr old LeBron James, Leicester Bryce Stovell, you are/ are not the father.

1482 days ago
43.

leantuan    

it seem to me he just wanna be in his now cause of the money if the change the DNA test i dont blame them for it and he need to be the one to get sued for not being in his son life

1482 days ago
44.

Kim Hawthorne    

Even if this man is his bio daddy he had a chance to be a father when she informed him. He choose not to and now he wants the attention of this steller athlete seems self centered to me. He has no claim. So what if he is his bio Dad. Lebron have your attorneys redraft your Trust or estate planning to exclude specifically this man. The rest of us should give this man no face time.

1482 days ago
45.

rhonda norman    

when u found out she had the baby why didn't u do something then instead of just saying if it's mine make sure he plays basketball. If it's not about money then why r u sueing him. sounds kind of fishy to me. Why can't you do this in private instead of going to the media. MONEY MUCHER

1482 days ago
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