How did I miss the whole thing that Lebrons dad has been identified as Anthony Mclelland??!!! Totally missed this :( pic.twitter.com/o37XR4kkXv
— Pierre Lacombe (@HoneyLaCombes) February 26, 2013
While most of us know that four-time NBA MVP LeBron James was raised by his mother Gloria, we haven’t quite been able to piece together information about his father, Anthony McClelland. The ex-con has been out of the picture for James’ entire life, and though he’s tried to reconnect with The King, his efforts at contacting him have been futile.
Here’s what you need to know about McLelland:
1. James Thanked His Dad For Not Being In His Life
In the interview, James told GQ:
I go from $10 in my pocket to $100 million. In high school. Yup.
2. He’s Been Convicted of Arson & Theft
McClelland impregnated James’ mother Gloria when she was 16-years-old. Viewology describes the couple as having been casual sex partners, and that McClelland reportedly left her after he found out about the pregnancy because he was uninterested in being a father.
ESPN Magazine writes,
He’s been convicted of arson and theft, to name just two of his many transgressions, and he certainly wasn’t the one to help Glo out of her monetary hardships.
3. He’s Never Met James
Multiple news outlets have reported that McClelland has never met his biological son, and any attempts to insert himself back into his son’s life have been futile.
When James’ Instagram post about his dad went viral, News One reported:
McClelland allegedly turned to a life of crimes such as arson and theft and James has never had any contact with his biological dad whatsoever.
Before McClelland’s name hit the news, other men tried to make money off James by claiming they were his father. In 2010, a lawyer from Washington D.C. named Leicester Bryce Stovell filed a lawsuit against James claiming he was the basketball star’s father. He added he would provide genetic material to prove he wasn’t lying. The DNA test came back negative, and James’ lawyers said that Stovell was “simply delusional”.
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4. He Came Back Into the Picture In 2002
ESPN’s 2002 article on LeBron and his mother says that McClelland resurfaced in 2002. James’ biological father wanted to be in his son’s life again, but had already been found guilty of theft five times and was arrested again a month before the article was published. James, however, had no intentions of ever seeing his dad. He told ESPN,
I keep that somewhere far, far away.
5. McClelland & Gloria James Were Never a Couple
ESPN Magazine introduced the McClelland situation:
…the father was a casual sex partner named Anthony McClelland, who by now is well-known within the state and county penal systems
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