Is LeBron James Dad A Man Named Anthony McClelland? An Investigation.

LeBron James Dad

LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. He is from Akron, Ohio and was famously raised by his single mother Gloria James. Gloria James gave birth to LeBron at the age of 16 years old. There are three people linked to LeBron that could be his father. Many believe it’s Anthony McClelland who is also known as Ronald Bivens. Before we investigate why many believe Anthony McClelland is LeBron’s dad let’s mention the other two men who are linked to Gloria James. 

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Bryce Stovell (Conclusion not LeBron’s father)

Bryce Stovell came out and said that he and Gloria got together  in 1984. That was the same year LeBron was born in December. He said he met Gloria at a bar called DC Space. At the time Gloria was 15 and Bryce Stovell was 29. He said that Gloria James lied and said she was over 20 years old. Bryce Stovell later tried to sue Gloria and LeBron for fraud and tampering for DNA after a test came out saying there was a 0% chance that he was LeBron’s father. 

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Nate Thurmond (Conclusion not LeBron’s father)

A former NBA legend is the second candidate that many people link to LeBron as his father. But this makes no sense. Why? Thurmond would be in his 40s when Gloria was pregnant with LeBron. A reason why some people link LeBron to Thurmond? Well, Nate Thurmond is from Akron and he did play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But many people think it’s unlikely because of the age difference. Nate Thurmond has passed away so we may never know the truth if he is LeBron’s father. 

Anthony McClelland or Roland Bivens (Conclusion LeBron’s Father)

A bit of a mystery. Anthony McClelland and Roland Bivens are the same person. If you google or look up any information between Roland Bivens or Anthony McClelland they come up as the same person. Roland Bivens was a star basketball player at the same high school as Gloria James went to in the 1980s. Roland would have been 18 or 19 when Gloria was 15 or 16 years old. Witnesses who knew the two said they always hung out and dated at one point in their life. The internet seems to believe that Roland changed his name to Anthony after he was charged with arson and theft. Roland’s high school coach even said that he played the same style as LeBron! A picture of Roland Bivens in high school looks similar to LeBron even!

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According to the internet this gets really deep and confusing. Roland Bivens died in 1994. But Anthony McClelland was supposedly arrested in 2002. Did he fake his own death in 1994? It’s hard to tell but Anthony McClelland was arrested in 2002 for arson and theft! Coincidence? Maybe. But there is a connection. Former NBA star Metta World Peace also once said: “My Brother was in jail with Lebron’s father. My brother spent 10 years in jail, they were locked up together”. The internet seems to also believe that LeBron might have a half brother. Some believe that McClelland had a son with another woman and named his son Aaron. Aaron McCelland Gamble. And he sure looks like LeBron.

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At the end of the day it’s hard to tell if any of these men are actually LeBron’s father. But we have to give credit for Gloria James for raising LeBron to be the incredible man that he has become. LeBron is a family man and been an incredible father to his children. 

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