And So What If She’s A Cougar?
Earlier this year, gossip tongues were drooling over allegations of a sexual relationship between Delonte West and Gloria James, the mother of former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James. Supposedly, the relationship between the Boston Celtics’ star and Gloria was the cause of the Cavaliers’ loss to the Celtics in the playoffs (the idea being the stress of LeBron finding out about Delonte and his mom before game 4 caused the Cavaliers to lose games 4, 5, and 6). Many even speculate it was one of the reasons why LeBron ditched the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat (Delonte and LeBron were teammates on the Cavaliers for two years).
When the story originally appeared on sports blog terezowens.com, attorneys for LeBron reacted swiftly by sending out cease-and-desist letters to celebrity gossip blogs who posted the rumor and threatening legal action for those who failed to comply. Frederick Nance, one of the newly minted Miami Heat player’s legal eagles, took it a step further by stating the rumor was “categorically false” and that “no thinking person could possibly believe such rubbish.” No thinking person could possibly believe that an older woman may have gotten her groove back with a rich, young, fairly attractive man that still has all his teeth and hair and who hasn’t yet lost any of his stroke? Who told him that nonsense? There’s a reason why there have been movies and television shows whose plots have centered on the subject of “cougars” (older women who date and bed much younger men).
The fact is, men reach their sexual peak in their late teens or early 20s, while women don’t hit theirs until their late 30s or early 40s, so who the hell else is Ms. Gloria going to seek out to get her swerve on? Ol’ dude from around the corner that’s still rocking a conk, a leisure suit, and who refers to himself as Sweet D*ck Willie?? In the now legendary words of a clearly under the influence Whitney Houston (who acquired the label of cougar herself after briefly dating Ray J), “Hell to the no!”
Whew, I done allowed myself to get all worked up about this. Anyway, up until now, Delonte has remained mum on the subject, but during a recent interview, a reporter for the Boston Globe asked him if there was any truth to the rumor, to which he replied,
“Not at all. I come from an era where you don’t say nothing bad about someone’s parent, so not at all.”
Wait a minute, what? That last part can probably be interpreted several different ways, but to avoid an attack by the pit bulls on LeBron’s legal team, I’m going to do something I very rarely do and keep my mouth shut. Delonte, for future reference, a simple no will suffice, and Ms. Gloria, I see you girl (wink, wink).