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LeBron

Sued by Man

Claiming to Be His Father

7/8/2010 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... LeBron James and his mother Gloria James are being sued for millions by a man who claims he tried to prove he's the NBA star's biological father -- but LeBron and his mom tampered with the evidence in a diabolical cover-up.

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The lawsuit is explosive -- in it, 55-year-old Leicester Bryce Stovell claims he met Gloria in a D.C. area bar in 1984 ... and had unprotected sex with her on the night they met. He later found out she was 15-years-old at the time ... he was 29.

According to the docs -- filed recently in federal court -- Gloria has spent the rest of her life shielding LeBron from the truth.

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But the man making the claim isn't some schmuck -- dude is a Princeton graduate ... who earned a law degree from the University of Chicago ... and then became a Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In his suit, Stovell claims he has a very clear recollection of the night he had "consensual sexual relations" with Gloria -- in fact, he even remembers apologizing for his sub-par performance.

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Leicester claims Gloria went back to her hometown in Ohio after they hooked up -- but returned several months later to inform him she was pregnant with a boy named LeBron ... but she never specifically identified the father.

Leicester -- a self-proclaimed high school star athlete -- says he remembers telling Gloria, "Well, if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball." He claims that was the last time he saw Gloria for more than 20 years.

According to the docs, Leicester claims he reconnected with Gloria over the phone in 2007 -- when he began to think he could be LeBron's father ... partly because they look almost identical.  Leicester also notes that when he saw LeBron at an NBA game he was, "struck by our similarity in appearance ... James and I are nearly if not identical height and pigmentation and have very similar athletic body types."

Leicester claims during the 2007 phone call -- Gloria denied ever meeting him -- threatened to have him physically harmed -- and told him, "LeBron's money is for his children."

A few days after the phone call, Leicester claims LeBron -- through his lawyer -- agreed to take a DNA paternity test.

Leicester claims he was given results that showed he was not LeBron's dad ... but several months later, he began to suspect that the results were tampered with ... and Gloria and LeBron were behind the fraud.

So why would LeBron participate in such a cover-up? Leicester claims it's all, "due to anger at perceived abandonment and conflict arising from his image as a successful fatherless child from the projects."

He also claims that Gloria had "fabricated" a story about LeBron's real father for the "one dimensional commercial image-making purpose ... to make [LeBron's] life suggestive of Spike Lee's popular 1998 sports drama film, 'He Got Game.'"

Leicester is now seeking $4 million from both LeBron and his mother -- claiming fraud, defamation and misrepresentation.

And check this out -- Leicester also points out that LeBron named his 2nd son "Bryce" -- and claims it's no coincidence.  As we said, Leicester's middle name is Bryce.

LeBron's reps could not be reached for comment. 

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406.

D Wade    

He tapped that ass...nice.

1532 days ago
407.

Hoot    

Police would arrest this man for having sex with a child!

1532 days ago
408.

LYNN    

Seriously.....suing your son??????

1532 days ago
409.

Dee    

If dude was so keen on being LeBron's "father," why didn't he do something when he saw Gloria the second time? Why did he wait until her son is full grown to speak up? If LeBron doesn't want to see him, he needs to suck it up. He ain't entitled to nothing. There's no such thing as "parent support."

1532 days ago
410.

A Parent    

To joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!
Trying to compare this loser to Joe Jackson is a little bit of a stretch. Joe Jackson was a father who not only provided for and raised 9 children, but a person who worked every step of the way to ascertain his children (black children in the 1960...s) had a career. He traveled with them all over the country. The Jacksons are what they are because of Joe Jackson. He didn't have to be a perfect father, because again nobody is.

Back to the douch-bag, the so-called Lebron's-aka-father, this supposed Ivy-Leagued good for nothing human being has the temerity to display every page of his idiocy for the world to watch. At 29, regardless of whether or not some girl was forthright about some age, he would have been a father enough to have done some real follow-ups in the early days, especially after he learned the girl was He seems to have enjoyed some descent life and a real follow-up in terms of support for/ or time with his child would have been a real Princetony thing to do.
It is the only time a black man wants to be associated with his child...when the child makes millions. Banal.

1532 days ago
411.

4acesdown    

What's a 15 year old doing in a bar is the question.

1532 days ago
412.

Sue    

I think you should have better morals than his to be a paid public servant. Knocking up a 15 year old then crawling out from under a rock to make money off of her.

1532 days ago
413.

Dan    

The funniest part is where he saw her again she said "I'm pregnant", with his reply (to a 15 year old girl) being, "Well if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball." Doesn't look like you cared too much if you were the father to some poor, little hungry, baby. I guess a wealthy, healthy, human lottery ticket is more appealing.

If you are his father you should be ashamed of not taking responsibility when it mattered, but all you are is a scamming hustler that could very likely owe the State of Ohio money for providing support to your child. If you're a lawyer, you're a bad one and have no case for damages. You must be desperate, because you are shaming yourself and your profession.

p.s. What an idiot!!!

1532 days ago
414.

chinee    

That so-called father is an educated fool who should be committed to a psychiatric hospital.

1532 days ago
415.

ann    

What a Jerk ! He's only after the money !
Yeah, he comes forward and claims to have sex with a 15 y/o when he was 29 ? Can you say Child Molester !
If anything he should be paying them money or better yet, LeBron James mother should press charges for rape ! It's oblivious he didn't want nothing to do with her or the baby all those years ago and now all of a sudden he wants to be acknowledged as the father ? Are you kidding me ? What a Jerk !

1532 days ago
416.

slemay    

Ok so since you folks seem to have all the right answers here (you’re all so quick to judge), why didn’t LeBron’s mama put a name on the birth certificate way back then and she already told him that a man named Anthony McClelland was his daddy, DNA later proved otherwise...sounds like mama needs to come clean and put this baby to rest. If LeBron can turn his back on his team and fans,daddy you ain’t got no chance in hell. Maybe if he did have a daddy he may have learned not to be so selfish. The man only wants another DNA test and they won't give it to him, what do they have to hide? Money makes the world go round!

1532 days ago
417.

JeminyCrickets    

The LOVE of money is the root of all evil and if this sorry-excuse-for-a-REAL-man has a beef with someone, it should be Lebron's mom; Lebron is the child here...simply ridiculous!

1532 days ago
418.

joan    

So why didn't he offer support and ask for a paternity test when she said she was pregnant? Where was he when he was growing up? Even still, what makes him think he is owed any money? My parents don't ask me for money I make from my job. This is crap and should not even be allowed in the court system.

1532 days ago
419.

allen    

Who in the hell would want to be his father

1532 days ago
420.

rhorho    

Nice to see someone can come forward after more than 25 years claiming to be the father. If he saw her before she gave birth (several month's later by his recollection), why did he not come around to give her financial support? Everyone should look at his money issues before anything else is written on his "lawsuit". 29 really? He could not tell a 15 year-old girl from a 21 year-old? Was he the original R. Kelly?

1532 days ago
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