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Delonte West: Ducking Questions About LeBron’s Momma Gloria (Again)

Submitted by on September 29, 2010 – 11:33 amNo Comment
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Even though saying “no comment” to a probing question usually means “I have no opinion on this particular issue, but I’m most likely guilty,” maybe that’s what Delonte West should have said when he was finally asked if he had sexual relations with that woman (shoutout to Bill Clinton)—where that woman is Gloria James, the mother of his ex-Cavs teammate LeBron James. It would have been just as ambiguous as the answer he gave.

Here’s Delonte’s response to a journalist from the Boston Globe who took a deep breath and asked if he had a relationship with Gloria James.

“Not at all, I come from an era where you don’t say nothing bad about someone’s parent, so not at all.”

Delonte must have known his non-answer wouldn’t put an end to talk he indeed went there with a teammate’s mother. Does he even answer the question? All he addresses is the allegation of saying something bad about someone’s parent, and Delonte, no one is suggesting you said anything. (It also raises the question, was there ever an era where you spoke badly of someone’s parents? When was that era?)

The fact he didn’t issue a denial for the entire summer, plus the whispers around NBA circles that the rumor is indeed true, plus LeBron going from dominating against the Chicago Bulls to meekly limping out of the playoffs against the Celtics in games five and six (which was the time he found out about the relationship, so the rumor goes)… well, there’s red flags (and we’re not talking about Marquis Daniels) all over the place.

We don’t necessarily believe the Delonte/Gloria rumors are true, but surely Delonte knew this question was coming—and that’s the best reply he could give? This is the craziest NBA rumor since the one about Michael Jordan’s father being killed by the mafia over gambling debts (which was quickly dismissed as pure fantasy). Even if the rumor of Delonte’s dangerous liaison is true, you’d think some kind of damage control and media preparation would be in place for the day the question was inevitably asked.

Regardless, it adds another chapter to what will be a classic Delonte West biography when it’s finally written—we can read about his (alleged) adventures with LeBron’s mom, riding around packing more heat than an oven door, and his love for freestyle rhyming about KFC (see video below).

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