Anthony McClelland did not have a good home or existence when he was a basketball player, he struggled with commitment in all of his relationships, and is also alleged to be a father who abandons his kids. Is Anthony the father of LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time? Did he abandon all the women in his life? Was he an ex-convict? Did He fake his death in 1994? Let’s take a look at Anthony’s life, which has been in the limelight since 2002, and why…
Anthony’s Early Life
Anthony was born and raised in the United States of America on November 23, 1972. He is an African-American and is 6 feet 7 inches tall. He went to high school with his then-girlfriend Gloria James, now LeBron’s mother, in Akron, Ohio. Anthony Mcclelland, like his son, was a basketball player in high school. He got Gloria pregnant in high school and abandoned her when she was 16. He never returned or appeared to assure her well-being till she gave birth to the child. He was then arrested for arson and theft, which led to his prolonged absence. Things remained difficult since he was in and out of jail for various offenses, making it impossible for him to grow in his career. There are various legends concerning him, including being accused of identity fraud.
Anthony McClelland’s Wife & Marriage
His wife is Gloria Marie James, a high school classmate of Anthony McClelland’s. They had an affair because they were not legally married. His son was raised alone by his wife. Meanwhile, his wife and son struggled to create a healthy family. He hasn’t communicated with his son in a long time. He deserted his pregnant wife. For the time being, he has avoided the media. As a result, he is estranged from his son and wife.
There is very little information available on Anthony McClelland’s professional life. He has been on the wrong path since he was a youngster, so it’s safe to assume he couldn’t earn a livelihood. In 2002, he was charged with arson and theft. Following that, he was in and out of prison regularly for minor offenses.
Who is LeBron James?
America’s most wanted guy! LeBron James is the most talked-about basketball star in the United States, yet he is still in school and cannot support himself via his sport. The scramble to cash in on his potential windfall, though, has already begun. LeBron James (born December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player who is widely considered one of the finest all-around players of all time. He has won NBA titles with the Miami Heat (2012 and 2013), the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), and the Los Angeles Lakers (2017). James, an Akron-area basketball phenom since elementary school, was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball three times while leading St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to three Ohio state championships in his four years on the team. He earned national news in his junior year when he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, where he was labeled “The Chosen One.”
What exactly did LeBron James say in his open letter to his father? Did he express gratitude to him for abandoning him?
On Instagram, LeBron James posted an emotional message to his father, Anthony McClelland (albeit his name was not specifically stated).
“You know, Father, I have no clue about what your identity is, however you’re a colossal piece of who I am today.” Your nonappearance furnished me with fuel, permitting me to form into the individual I am today. One reason I’m here is because try to be present in whatever I do is because of this. Can you see how I’m in a position to help? help others grow, something I wouldn’t be able to do if I had a father and mother, two sisters, a dog, and a white picket fence?” Pops, this one for you! Next to the photo, LeBron James commented. “I appreciate all you’ve done. I could have given you an explanation for why you weren’t with me, but look at what I’ve done to myself.”
He was praised for abandoning him since according to LeBorn it inspired him to accomplish his goals.
Anthony’s effigies to reunite with his child also his rumors of having another child
Anthony Mcclelland sought to reestablish his contact with his son in 2002, but it did not work out for either of them since they were unable to develop a bond. During his youth, he fathered another child with a different lady and abandoned him in the same way he abandoned the first. Aaron McClelland Gamble, his second kid, has a name that is almost identical to LeBron James’. However, because they are not close, their connection is also unremarkable.
LeBron’s father- Anthony McClelland or Roland Biven?
Bryce Stovell claimed to have been in a relationship with Gloria James around 1984. (the same year Lebron James was born). According to Stovell, Gloria James and Stovell met in a tavern called DC Space. Stovell was 29 at the time, while Gloria James was just 15 at the time. Stovell alleges she lied about her age when they first met, claiming to be 20 years old. Stovell sued Gloria and LeBron James for fraud and tampering after a DNA test indicated he had a 0% chance of being LeBron James’ father. He demanded $4 million in restitution.
Anthony’s Net Worth
LeBron James’ net worth is estimated to be $1 billion, whereas Anthony’s (his father’s) net worth remains unknown.
Fun Facts about Anthony
1. Anthony McClelland has also been charged with identity theft.
2. Anthony McClelland and LeBron James never had a father-son bond.
3. Gloria James and Anthony McClelland attended Akron High School together. McClelland was a popular basketball player at the school at the time, and Gloria James was his (claimed) girlfriend.
4. Gloria was just 16 years old at the time, and Anthony was not the most encouraging parent.
Anthony could have been a good father, a husband, and had a happy family like anyone else, but he did not choose to be that. Everyone refers to him as a weak father and whatnot, knowing he was involved in crime and a bad boy with commitment issues. He most likely lacked a good support system and guide during his childhood. Sigmund Freud (the father of psychology) stressed that the first five years of life are critical in the formation of an adult personality. As a result, instead of attacking Anthony for being the guy he is, the media should focus on what went wrong in his upbringing… Maybe if he had a better upbringing, he wouldn’t have been the same, and we never know if he was OK and had a nice family, we wouldn’t have gotten the renowned LeBron. As the saying goes, everything happens for a reason, and no one can alter it.