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LeBron's Mother -- The Valet SLAP FOOTAGE

4/13/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained security footage showing LeBron James' mother slapping a parking valet at a hotel in Miami Beach last week ... but the video shows Gloria James may NOT have made the first move.041211_slap_v2_still

During the encounter ... Gloria walks up to the valet, Rockfeller Sorel, and gets in his face over the parking situation. As Gloria verbally unloads, Rockfeller takes an advancing step towards Gloria and bumps her.

Gloria quickly recovers and unleashes the slap heard 'round the world with her left hand -- and then swings her purse at the guy's head with her right hand.

Sorel, clearly upset, takes several aggressive steps towards Gloria ... who then slips and falls while retreating.

Gloria gets off the ground and tries to go after the valet -- but several bystanders get in between the two and break it up.

Gloria was eventually arrested for battery and public intoxication -- and then, according to police, she started talking trash to one of the officers.

We called Gloria's Miami attorneys Christopher Lyons and Sandy Becher -- they declined to comment on the video or the matter at this time.

Meanwhile, the valet has made it very clear he intends to go after Gloria in court.

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I'm Glad she took her Drunken Antics to Miami with her Precious Self named King James..........Go Cav's.........

1235 days ago


Gloria James lived near a nursing home in Ohio. The stories the staff tell about all the cops at her condo all the time are an indication of how she would act wherever she would go. The best thing that could happen is for her to hit rock bottom real soon so she will get some help or go away, other than Lebron I really do not think many people care what happens to her.

1235 days ago


Sorry to say, but brons mother is TRASH. She's damn lucky she has a get out of jail free card compliments of her son. This is not the first time.


1235 days ago

Bridgette Harris    

Well! Here we go again someone always trying to get in someones pocket! That boy knows that working in customer services knows that he have to do his job the rite way. (call security)
tough man you shoved her and you no that it shouldn't of happened. In anyone situation of intox leave them be. but her and the officers she have to deal w that. everyone wants to always down grade someone. But its life.

1235 days ago


I am sure he was told what to do with drunk or irate customers,
to bump her. Mr. Valet was looking to sue.

1235 days ago

T Sampson    

If it wasn't LeBron's mother,just another drunk lady, we wouldn't be reading about it and the valet would be unemployed. End of story.

1235 days ago


Using the "n" word should not have led to physical confrontation. If you are offended by a word(s), then maybe you are what they say. What happened to America? It has become a nation of pansies and powderpuffs. Americans use to be tough and thick-skinned. Black-white, gay-straight, man-woman, illegal-legal; should we just put zippers on our mouth? Get over it, geezzz !!!

1235 days ago


@70 Bob
That is such a ignorant statement. The "N" word comes from many years of IGNORANT, MALICIOUS and STUPID Hatred used to try to oppress an entire race of people, so it will NEVER be as simple as "Get over it"! Instead of Americans running off at the mouth spewing hate, proclaiming freedom of speech why not be a advocate of simply teaching that people should not use such offensive language towards others and they won't get slapped! IT'S NOT JUST A WORD, IT IS BLATANT DISRESPECT THAT OFFENDS THE VERY CORE OF A BLACK PERSON. If you don't believe me go out and throw that word around and see how long it takes you to get SLAPPED!

1235 days ago


TMZ, please use the correct grammar.

Who is the bad guy, "HE" or "SHE"?

1235 days ago


He does not have the right to shove her. She can shoot her mouth off all she wants, and he still does not have the right to physically touch her. That he was at work and he retaliated was not real bright.

1235 days ago

Yvette Hopkins    

Looks like to me that he pushed her down! Also because of who she is there are a lot of "Gold Diggers" out here looking for quick cash to be made in an instant. Given the bad press that's she has gotten since the onset of her famous son, she has left her self open to become an easy mark voluntarily and involuntarily.

What we don't hear about her is how many people that she has helped and how many countless charitable organizations that she has joined in financially and devoted her time to actually help others. She continues to spend many heartfelt devotions to helping others. So why is she not known for those good deeds but Judged on the Bad Ones? Keep it Real! There are many wealthy mother's of athletes out their but do we hear of them giving up a vast portion of their wealth to help the poor?

Why do we hate on her for being human and how humbling is it to know that God sees fit to put wealth into the hands of who might not be deemed so fitting by society BUT IS WORTHY IN GOD'S EYES!

He who is without Sin Can be the only one to Cast a Stone!

1235 days ago


He is clearly in the wrong, and is not a MAN!!! He was at WORK!! This was clearly an irate customer, he should have walked away when she became ignorant. BUT he stepped toward her, to challenge her and she went upside his head. Yes she may have been drunk but I question his mentality, what did he say or do to her to provoke the situation. He did not prove to me in this video that he tried everything in his power to avoid conflict.
The lawsuit is a JOKE!!!

1234 days ago

Joe Bagadonuts    

Who's the hell is glora james? who cares?

1234 days ago

herbert carrington    

I looked at the video it clearly shows that Gloria James got too close. Had she stayed out of Mr. Sorrel's face it would have been nothing said. The truth be told she has a problem living in her son's shadow Lebron James. I will say this when the smoke clears Mr. Sorrel Rockefeller will lose his job. He stays at the hotel and everyday he has to explain how a smidget not quite a midget cold ****ed his axx The Lefontainebleu hotel should be sued as well for not providing proper security for its workers and guests. The incident should never have happened but now that it has they should pay Mr. Sorrel Rockefeller. If he stayed at that job 100 years he would never get slapped again. His ability to do his job has been greatly impaired.

1234 days ago

Kellie B.    

Its like "Fred Sanford" and "Aunt Ester" I wonder if Gloria called dude a "Fish eyed fool" when she swung her purse like she did?

1233 days ago
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