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Recently, Gloria James, mother of basketball great LeBron James, was arrested following a confrontation with a valet parking attendant at the Fontainebleau Hotel, in Miami.  According to the police report, Gloria James was angry that her car wasn’t retrieved quickly enough, so she allegedly struck the valet across the face.  It was further reported that she smelled of alcohol, adding to the speculation that she may have been intoxicated at the time of the confrontation.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first brush with the law for James, who lost her license for a year after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in January 2006 in the family’s hometown of Akron, Ohio.

LeBron James commented that: “It is my life and there’s certain things you have to do deal with. The people around me are helping me and are helping her and we’ll be fine.”   It is an unfortunate reality that alcohol can affect so many people beyond the individual who may be under the influence.  Not the least of which are those closest to the person who are left to either make excuses or help to pick up the pieces after the fact.

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