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Mother of LeBron James Arrested in Miami Beach

Gloria James

This Aug. 22, 2009, file photo shows Gloria James, mother of basketball star LeBron James, watching a group of bike riders as she waits to start another group of riders at the "King for Kids Bikeathon" in Akron, Ohio. (AP)

The mother of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was arrested by Miami Beach police Thursday morning for allegedly striking a valet at the Fontainbleau Hotel.

Sorel Rockfeller told police he was assaulted by Gloria James because she felt her car was taking too long to be delivered. The valet told authorities that he waited 30 minutes for her and when he went to give her the keys, she started cursing at him.

Gloria James then allegedly slapped the valet across the face with an open hand so hard that she fell to the ground. Several witnesses corroborated the account of the incident.

Police say that she smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes when she was arrested. 

After being transported to the Miami Beach police station, James told police that she didn't "trust your kind" and refused to cooperate.

She was released to a Miami Heat executive and charged with simple battery and disorderly intoxication.

This was not the first time James has had a run-in with the law. She was arrested in Akron, Ohio, in 2006 on drunken driving charges.

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