In the media, it has been well-publicized the relationship LeBron James has with his mother, Gloria James. Be that LeBron telling his mom to sit down after a hard foul committed on him by Paul Pierce back in 2008, or the stories of how she sacrificed everything as a single parent to give LeBron the best life possible. One such story was told by LeBron James recently, on teammates’ Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast ‘Road Trippin’ with R.J & Channing ‘.
Jefferson and Frye were joined by Cavalier teammates Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and James for episode 15 of their podcast. Towards the end of the conversation, the topic turned to each other’s path to the NBA. That’s when James revealed that back in fourth grade, he missed 82 out of 181 days of school in Akron, Ohio.
“Me and my mom went to school one day in the spring time, and my teacher was like, ‘Your son applies himself so much when he’s here, but he’s never here,’” James said. “And my mom said, ‘What can we do so my son doesn’t fail? I don’t want my son to feel like he’s a failure.’ My teacher at the time, and I’m sorry I don’t remember your name, she gave us a stack—and I wish the listeners could see the stack of papers—she said, ‘If your son can finish this stack of extra credit, we’ll pass him.”
That’s when James’ mom stepped in, and proceeded to help LeBron complete the stack of extra credit papers, which Richard Jefferson described as ‘a foot-high’.
“This how G my momma is,” he said. “Me and my momma went home, split the extra credit papers. She did half and I did half. We turned that shit in, and they passed me. That’s why my momma a G to this day.”
It can be assumed that LeBron has repaid his mother generously for all the effort she has put in during LeBron’s childhood years, and she definitely deserves it.