When Delonte West and LeBron James were teammates in Cleveland, he was the subject of some scandalous rumours with many claiming he had an affair with Gloria James
Despite barely being colleagues for three seasons, the two were linked by rumours that West slept with James’ mother during the 2009-10 playoffs.
Delonte West denies sleeping with Gloria James the mom of LeBron James, video goes viral
At the time, the Cavaliers were preparing to face West’s old team, the Boston Celtics. According to rumours, James learned of his teammate’s infidelity and mentally checked out during the playoffs. Delonte West has now cleared the air, refuting all rumours that he slept with Gloria James.
West, who has recently battled mental illness, addiction, and homelessness, disputed the rumour in a video outside a 7-Eleven. He stated: “I ain’t never ever f****d anybody’s mother.” West’s message was then reinforced by the individual shooting the video: “He’s saying he never f***ed LeBron’s mother, and I’ma do it for him Slim, man put the word out.”
Delonte West went on to remark that he seemed to be aiming for an NBA coaching position. So yet, there has been no information on which team will be looking to hire him as a coach, or whether his allegation is true.
Delonte west fucked the shit out of Gloria James while Lebron watching btw
— DK³⁰ (@_GSW__) April 6, 2023
Four-time NBA champion responds to Delonte West and LeBron James rumours
Although LeBron James has never spoken out about the claims that Delonte West slept with his mother, another Cleveland Cavaliers player has. In his autobiography, Shaquille O’Neal described how, when he joined the Cavaliers, things appeared tense between West and James due to the rumours.
The situation was worsened by a narrative provided by O’Neal in his book about coach Mike Brown being soft on James during film sessions. Brown elected not to call out James for failing to return to defence, but he did call out Mo Williams for the same reason.
According to O’Neal, it was Delonte West who expressed his displeasure, accusing the coach of not holding everyone accountable. The piece focused on the feud between West and James, with O’Neal’s close friend at the time, four-time NBA champion John Salley, openly addressing the rumour. The media, according to Salley in a DJ Vlad interview, propagated the rumour of West sleeping with James’ mother. However, only time will tell if James decides to address the rumour.