MIAMI (CBS4) – The officer responsible for escorting Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Jay Z/Justin Timberlake concert at Sun Life Stadium on August 16 will receive discipline in the form of “informal counseling”, the department announced Thursday.
The video, posted by James himself on his personal Instagram account, showed him zipping past bumper to bumper traffic while traveling on the wrong side of the street. The caption read “They treat us so well! Needed it cause traffic was nuts!!”
The video received more than 85, 000 likes but plenty of negative comments too directed at both LeBron James and the police.
Miami-Dade Police say it was one of their motorcycle officers working off duty who led LeBron James about eight blocks to the stadium..
Police say the officer got a call on his radio to help the Heat superstar who was stuck in traffic.
“It was just one officer who was doing his job. He was radioed. He was asked to do something and that’s what he did, but unfortunately our department does not authorize us, in any way shape or form, to go in the opposite road against traffic,” said Maj. Nancy Perez.
Perez added that the officer was working off duty and being paid by Sun Life Stadium, not Miami-Dade taxpayers.