Lebron James Addresses Dead Beat Father On Instagram

(AllHipHop News) Some people use absentee parents as motivation to venture into crime, others use it as fuel to achieve goals and Lebron James seems to be in the latter. Lebron James posted a photo on his personal Instagram of an excerpt of his GQ interview where he discusses his father’s absence from his life.

Lebron has never met his father and his mother, Gloria Marie James, gave birth to him at the age of 16. In the Instagram post Lebron takes a quote from his GQ interview and thanks his business partner Maverick Carter for being one of the men to take his father’s place in his life:

Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.’ The fuel that I use—you not being there—it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And be able to put my guys that’s with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in my business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend—he’s my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?

Check out the full interview here.

  • pauleyPee

    “So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?” Then again Lebron… It might have, either way. When your son has to rationalize his success by saying, basically, that he was better off without you, that’s the moment you should realize that you failed miserably… And failed at something that most people receive a passing grade for, just for being around.

    • Raheem Classick

      I hear what you’re saying, But > Check out the full interview here. < I'm just saying.

  • MrNoName2K

    First and foremost, id like to say that the NBA NEEEEEEDS to get rid of the whole sleeved jersey concept!! As for Lebron addressing his pops, I see where he comin from..learn and handle your business like you been doing

    • Frank

      They aint goin nowhere. They want you to buy them shits. Nobody buying jerseys like that anymore so they had to switch it up.

  • Guest

    Maybe an excuse but motivation? Lol.

  • Black Jay

    Ain’t no good look for this message. You can clearly see the pain in Lebron’s words. He hasn’t gotten over it and he probably never will. No matter what you do, nothing can replace the absence of a parent. Nothing. Not the fattest contract. Not all of the fame in the world. I feel your pain Lebron. You’ll never get over it but I hope one day you can at least come to terms with it. Peace bro.

    • goddidit

      that’s not true. a lot of us (African-Americans) haven’t had the pleasure of a two-parent home and got over it. in the 80s crack took the women out of our homes which have always been predominantly run by a single parent. somebody was there to steer him in the right direction and it payed off for him just like it did for so many before him. it takes a village to raise a child not just that child’s parents.

      • heavyboy

        Yeah but he didn’t just grow up in a non-two parent home, he said that he has “no idea” who his father was….. that’s different. All of that success and there is something that all of it can’t buy… knowing who his father is. You have to remember, without knowing his father and being able to talk to him, he doesn’t even know if his father would’ve been there had he known he even had a son. I don’t care how successful you become, that’s gotta be tuff.

      • Black Jay

        To that I would say this….. Just because brothers “deal with it” doesn’t mean that they have gotten over it. And exactly what do you mean they have “gotten over it”? I think the U.S. Prison systems, funeral homes, and new generations of fatherless babies would say that there is never any “getting over it”. The loss of a parent or the lack of a parent is devastating. Having just one parent opens the child up to poor education, exposure to the streets, crime, early death, and repeating the one parent cycle. There’s no good spin on this. Having one parent is never something you get over. You just learn how to numb yourself to that pain.

      • AlbertoRipRon

        US Prisons systems aren’t dominated by fatherless men, what planet you’re on? Blogstupid? You’re generalizing multitudes of black males who have been without fathers and who are more of man than the ones who had fathers. It depends on the childs environment and what he is taught.

      • Black Jay

        Your point is kinda dumb dude. Look at the statistics before you talk. A child with one parent is more likely to go to prison than a child with both parents. Do your homework before you show your outright ignorance. No one said only one parent kids go to prison. But the statistics do show that single parent kids are more likely to go to prison than a kid with two parents. That can be backed up with numbers. What stats are you using? And did I say single parented “Black” kids? No I didn’t. Stop being dumb.

      • AlbertoRipRon

        You telling me to do my homework, yet you’re the one believing in stats as if it isn’t done in controlled environments, with selected individuals and as if it reveals the entire scope of the picture.

        I don’t use stats. Its called basic wisdom. Simple mathmatics bruh. There are plenty of two parent homes with sons that are criminals. How can you simply out rule that possibility when the probability is apparent?

        You just another wanna be intellectual.

      • Black Jay

        Go to google and type in the following:

        The Kids Are Not Really Alright

        Read the SLATE ARTICLE and Educate yourself instead of saying dumb things dude. No diss but you’re misinformed.

        This is just a sample of that article:

        “But Hetherington, who like Roiphe embraces changing family structures, also was honest enough to admit that divorce tends to double a child’s risk of a serious negative outcome. Specifically, she found that “twenty-five percent of youths from divorced families in comparison to 10 percent from non-divorced families did have serious social, emotional, or psychological problems.” Other research suggests that the children of never-married single parents tend to do somewhat worse than children of divorced single parents.

        Take two contemporary social problems: teenage pregnancy and the incarceration of young males. Research by Sara McLanahan at Princeton University suggests that boys are significantly more likely to end up in jail or prison by the time they turn 30 if they are raised by a single mother. Specifically, McLanahan and a colleague found that boys raised in a single-parent household were more than twice as likely to be incarcerated, compared with boys raised in an intact, married home, even after controlling for differences in parental income, education, race, and ethnicity. Research on young men suggests they are less likely to engage in delinquent or illegal behavior when they have the affection, attention, and monitoring of their own mother and father.”

      • goddidit

        if you check out the stats before crack and guns inundated the black community(before the 80s), you will find single parent homes everywhere but you won’t find a lot of prisoners. You will find a lot of college graduates though! You won’t find a lot of black on black crime but you will find a lot of hardworking African-Americans taking care of their families. As a matter of FACT, we haven’t had a lot of two-parent homes since we left Africa. Don’t believe it, check out our history books!

      • Black Jay

        I see where you’re going. But my discussion wasn’t on JUST THE BLACK COMMUNITY. It was on America as a whole. The numbers and facts don’t change. But I see your point though.

      • AlbertoRipRon

        So you telling me to educate myself on one source? If you’re so smart, then you would know its best to have several sources to support your argument instead of just one. Even then, simple wisdom should tell you that any criminal can come from any background. You sound like them white folks dude with what you spitting. Like a Slate article just shut everything down. LOL

      • Isaac Hayes

        I feel you it’s always better to be in a two parent home but kats can still make it anyway if their are enough people around who care and love them(the village) I know people with two parents and they still f*cked up.

      • AlbertoRipRon

        That’s what I’m sayin bruh.

  • Guest

    Some of the greatest black basketball players had both parents in their lives, like Jordan, Magic, Kobe…..

    • justmathoughts

      i dont get what youre trying to say because this has nothing to do with basketball skills…hes saying, had his father been there he probably wouldnt have the same people in his corner at the level that theyre at….hes there for them like theyre there for him, unlike his father

    • Raheem Classick

      But this is not about Jordan, Magic, Kobe…..This is about Lebron.

  • CJ MAC

    Maybe his mama was a rat. Niggas get to much shit without these hoes getting chastised.

    • Calico Joe

      That’s still not a reason to not be a part of your childs life. And if dudes strapped up when f*cking a rat, they wouldn’t have to worry about having a rat for a baby momma.

  • Elayorx El

    Interesting, because growing up, I remember being the only child on the block with a father, but many of those other brothers, and sisters, who had no fathers, ended up on the wrong side. Not to make excuses, but America to me, has always had this uncanny ability, as a “1st world nation”, to explain away, or make seem normal, the types of things that, rationally, should not be taking place, at least not commonly. At the end of the day though, the decision does ultimately lie with the individual, because I know many now who could have called it quits a long time ago(including myself), but have chosen to be there. Life is cra though, because either way the ball bounces(my bad on the pun), you still have to find a way to make the play, and judging by the 3-time NBA champion, and multiple MVP’s, obviously LeBron, along with his supporting cast, have done this.

    • Raheem Classick

      Before someone overly criticize you, He’s A 2-time NBA Champion.

      • Elayorx El

        My bad, but I’m a fan, and I try to talk things up, so after these Finals, I hope it’ll be 3. Good lookin, fam. Respect.

      • Raheem Classick

        No prob E.

  • fuckthisrapgame

    no word of thx for the amazing genes he gave him?

    • Raheem Classick

      Thats debatable

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  • John Q. Public

    Lebron gunna end up wit a step daddy younger then him wit that wild mom of his

    • Executive

      You act like that nigga gonna have to listen to him.

      • John Q. Public

        naw but that be funny tho

  • Lion King

    SMH! He might as well thank his mother too for getting knocked up at 16 by a criminal.

  • Rapist on BAIL

    Hey Gloria, i’m next!

  • hoeyuno

    Real talk!! I was a product of immaculate conception.

  • Frank

    “the reason I grew up to become who I am.”

    Dude shouldn’t brag about how he acts. “…in the meatlocker soon, having crying like they in the Heat’s locker room, Wasup!?”

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      • Frank

        The Fab joint where he talking about the Heat crying in their locker room when they lost. I’m pretty sure it was 3 of them and LeBron was one. Remember that?

  • Executive

    My pop was a bitch, he told me out his own mouth that it was his wife’s fault that he wasn’t around. My mother was never together with him so that explains the wife part. Yes a bitch made man for letting his wife keep him from raising his own son.

  • AlbertoRipRon

    Yet moms slept with your teammate and is dating a youtube rapper.

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