Delonte West denies affair with Gloria James

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23), Delonte West (13) Anthony Parker (18) and J.J. Hickson reacts after James had a foul called on him against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on November 18, 2009. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn tweets that Delonte West denied those salacious LeBron James rumors from earlier in the summer:

Delonte west denies lebron rumors “I come from an era where you dont say nothing bad about someones parent. So not at all.”

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Crawl out from under your rock, wipe the six months of sleep from your eyes and read this. Caught up? Great.

Back to West…this wasn’t a denial, at least the way it was written.

But in a longer Washburn story about West at Boston.com, the picture becomes clearer:

But then a reporter from a local radio station asked West the question that basketball fans, entertainment buffs, gossip columnists, and the entire Northeast Ohio region had been wondering about since the Cavaliers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs last May.

Did West have an intimate relationship with Gloria James, the mother of two-time Most Valuable Player and former teammate LeBron James?

Before a frantic team official could intervene, undoubtedly fearing West might react with four-letter words, or perhaps clam up altogether, as he did last season, West took a deep breath, stared the reporter in the eye, and addressed whether the rumors were true.

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

Washburn left that first “not at all” out of his tweet, which made it seem that West was dodging the question.

Damn Twitter!

But back to West, again…why add the bit about “I come from an era…”? By saying that he doesn’t want to say anything bad about LeBron’s mom it would seem to confirm that he indeed has something bad to say, but just doesn’t want to say it.

And what ‘era’ is West talking about? He’s 27 years old, so is he talking about the ’80s or the ’90s? It’s not like he’s a WW2 vet or something.

One thing’s for sure — those Heat/Celtics games are going to be interesting.

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