MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) — The mother of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was released from police custody, and faces charges of battery and disorderly intoxication after an incident at the Fontainebleau Hotel early Thursday morning.

According to the arrest report, Gloria James asked a valet, Sorel Rockefeller, shown here, to get her car for her at the Fontainebleau Thursday before she was arrested.

The arrest reports states the valet then gave the keys to the valet cashier. Police said James then allegedly confronted the employee and said, “where are my *expletive* keys?”

According to to the arrest report, the valet said James then “struck the victim with an open hand across the right side of the face.” Police said that James fell to the ground after losing her balance.

Police said James then became defensive and that she had bloodshot eyes and a “strong odor of alcohol on her breath.”

It was at this point, police said that security employees at the Fontainebleau told officers that the woman was LeBron James’ mother.

In an interview with CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, Rockefeller said, “She said bad words to me. Then she said shut up and she slapped my face. That’s when she fell down on the ground. The reason she was upset was because it was taking awhile to get her car.”

“Did that slap hurt you?” asked D’Oench.

“Yes it did,” said Rockefeller, who went to a doctor’s office on Thursday for a check-up and who plans to see a chiropractor. “This was very bad. You should not slap people in this country. I have been a valet for three years and have been at the Fountainbleau since September. This is the worst thing that’s happened to me.”

“I don’t think people should do things like this,” said Rockefeller. “You have to show people respect. I felt very humiliated from the whole thing. And she kept saying, ‘do you know who I am?’ She said this before she slapped me in the face. I want justice.”

Rockefeller, who came to the U.S. from Haiti, said he is quitting his job as a valet and has hired an attorney and plans to sue Gloria James.

Once she arrived at the station, police said that James remained uncooperative. Police said James told them, “I’m trying to trust you, but I don’t trust your kind.”

She was processed and released to Miami Heat executive Steve Stowe, police said. She left with a promise to appear in court.

“It’s a sensitive subject,” LeBron James said after the Heat’s Thursday practice. “It’s a personal matter. It’s being taken care of.”

It’s not Gloria Jame’s first run-in with the law. In January of 2006, she was arrested in Akron, Ohio for driving while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

James said the arrest would not harm his focus on helping the Miami Heat win basketball games.

“You have to move forward,” LeBron said. “It is my life and there’s certain things you have to deal with. You try not to let it be a distraction. I have a job to do, still.”

“It’s very sensitive because it’s your mother of course to have an incident, it’s very sensitive. But the people around me are helping me,” LeBron said.

LeBron’s teammate, Heat guard Dwyane Wade, offered his support for LeBron during this time.

“You understand in life things happen, whether you’re in the limelight or not, you’re always going to have family things that’s going to happen and you’re going to have to tend to ‘em and you’re going to have to deal with ‘em,” Wade said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “And if someone needs you, if you see someone who needs your support, you be there for them.”

Fellow Big Three member Chris Bosh said the incident won’t be a distraction.

“You just move on, you leave personal matters where they’re supposed to be. This is a place for basketball, that’s how we always handle it,” Bosh said.

Comments (36)
  1. Florida Goldengirl says:

    Low- Class, No – Class

      1. Zippity Doo Dah says:

        Don’t you mean, Bigfoot – Bigfoot?

  2. Lena says:

    without knowing the whole story how would we know what really happened – before making judgment (if any)

  3. K WILLIAMS says:


  4. chunkyp15 says:

    who cares, there are more important things to think about in florida than his mother getting arrested……..Rick Scott is about to destroy our state, why don’t we make that the headline article

      1. yokolee says:


    1. ScottWillSaveUs says:

      Rick Scott will save our state you Chunky Piece of $*%^!!!!!!!

      1. Indhy500 says:

        Dream on! LOL… you clearly are delusional…

    2. ll456 says:

      chunkyp15 you have a point. I completely agree with you.

  5. bUMM says:


    1. sharon says:

      Thank you bUMM-who the H**ll cares. I sure don’t. More important things going on to be concerned about. I’m with chunkyp15, our state /country is about to be destroyed (i’m not placing blame on any particular person) aand we’re making this headlines.

    2. paco says:

      Yea, who really cares about this garbage??? She’s a piece of trash along with her son that can’t throw a free throw to save his life. The state of florida has turned into a sewer infested rat hole with ricky ticky scott and cbs4 is reporting on this nonsense. Leave it up to the south florida media!!

      1. John Duggen says:

        you are correct paco. Miami is full of animals and illegals. CBS4 has stories to make you think that Mi-Jami is a chic city… it is a dump.

  6. Doug says:

    Yea that’s where I met your wife the first time!!!!! Burn!!! Racist

    1. Nikki Treniece says:

      Good reply Doug!

  7. Michael Withrow says:

    She was arguing with Delonte West, you know, LeBron’s step dad!!


  8. yokolee says:

    Don’t mess with a ghetto mom

  9. chichi says:

    Just because her son is a star that does not mean she is a star she still is a hood rat.

    1. sharon says:

      Perception is everything chichii. A STAR??? Not by my standards-I personally think he’s just another OVERPAID athlete. I wish we would pay our teachers a third of what we pay our athletes. The people that teach the athletes to read and write when many of the parents are too busy getting their WHATEVER on..

  10. Rich says:

    APPLAUSE Kids got class moms a fool……………..

    1. John says:

      Prosecute her to the full extent of the law, who cares who her son is.
      Its true you can give anybody a lot of money but it wont change who they really are and what they have always been.

  11. Sam Glint says:

    Give her a break. Who do you think her son got his ego from?

  12. James Vegas says:

    Treay her like any other person. Who cares who she is related to. if you or I did that, we would be sitting in jail by now. Just because she is related to someone famous doesnot make her above the law.

  13. Laura says:

    Sounds like she thinks she’s somebody. NOT!!!

  14. sharon says:

    You can say that AGAIN!

  15. Chris in Cleveland says:

    Miami can keep the whole James family – Cleveland doesn’t miss any of ’em!!!

  16. Janie Bacelo-Cornell says:


  17. Ray says:

    Lebron!! You’ve got money!! Get your Mom a permanent driver, or at least one wen she is out drinking!!! THINK….DUI could be next in Miami for her…..

  18. Paul Pringle says:

    Miami tourism treats everyone alike… badly. It does not matter. This lady needs to be in a cage. Her son shoots a ball into a hoop… wow that is impressive. We have a bunch of loosers in Mi-Jami, so animal fits right in. It is okay stand up and act like you are doing a minstral show at the AAA during a game.

    Be careful LeBrauns moma is going to be drinking & driving this weekend! She drives a 1972 lime green Impala lowered.

  19. KB says:

    Its simple you should give you mother an option to keep the lifestyle she has and setup a non-profit for domestic violence and let her run it and her all the stories about “Violence” and also fund a AA group and have her joing it.

    Clearly there are some deep emotional issues going on and money is not it..
    To deal with it she needs a life with meaning and purpose and going to plush hotels getting drunk is not a life.

  20. Tuong Luong says:

    That what. Beer. Are. Bad. For. All. Who. Intake. In. The. First. Place. , just. Do. Not. Drink. And. Drive. Are. The. Highest. Foundation. For. The. Wisdom. Mind. To. Have. A great peaces. Of. Mind. And. Harmony. , amen. , I. Hope. She. Learn. A. Big. Lesson. , amen. .

    And. Jame. Lebron. Just. Keep. On. Doing. What. You. Have. To. Score. 50. Per. Game. From. Now. On. And. I. Really. Need. Many. Three. Point. From. You. To. Help. This. Heat go. To. Another level. , amen. God. Bless. Is. Okey. Nobody. Perfect. Even. Jesus. Too. , amen

  21. James Vegas says:

    I hope thee valet sues her for being so arrogant and violent. Then she can bet the he will know who she is. Drunken trash.

  22. James Vegas says:

    Her son is too lazy and dumb for a real job so he throws balls into a hoop. Wow! Impressive!

  23. Warlord1958 says:

    She din do nuffin, she beez set up by duh rayciss po-po, dawg! Now gibs me dat’ foty’ an’ sum blunts! word.