The mother of NBA star LeBron James was arrested by police in Miami early Thursday morning after a parking valet, Rockefeller Sorel (pictured right), accused her of striking him. Gloria James was charged with battery and disorderly intoxication, as it also appeared that she had been drinking at the time of the incident, around 4:45 in the morning. At least one celebrity rumor website is reporting that Momma James pulled the “Do you know who I am?” card with either the valet or the cops.
Here’s more from TheSmokingGun.com:
Police allege that the altercation began after James confronted the valet, Sorel Rockfeller, and asked “Where are my fucking keys?” James continued “yelling profanities” at the valet, who explained that he had given the keys to the valet cashier because, though James’s car had been ready for 30 minutes, she stood talking with friends as the vehicle sat running on the valet ramp.
Then, “for no apparent reason,” James allegedly “struck the victim with an open hand across the right side of his face.” In the process, James lost her balance and fell to the ground.
When a cop later asked James for ID, she refused. James, who was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle, then “began to yell at the other female who was the driver, ‘Don’t give him anything. Don’t give him my purse.’” James, the officer noted, “had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.”
While at the police station, two other cops tried to speak with James, who remained “very uncooperative” and said, “I’m trying to trust you but I don’t trust your kind. I don’t trust that officer who arrested me.”
You can watch video of Sorel demonstrating how he was slapped at TMZ.