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LeBron James' mother charged with battery, disorderly intoxication, in valet confrontation

Gloria James
WFOR

(CBS/WFOR) MIAMI - Gloria James, the mother of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, has been charged with battery and disorderly intoxication after a run-in with a valet at the Fontainebleu Hotel early Thursday morning.

James asked the valet, Sorel Rockfeller, to get her car for her, the arrest report states. Rockfeller brought the car up and proceeded to wait for 30 minutes, but James wouldn't get in her vehicle, CBS station WFOR reports.

The report then states the valet gave the keys to the valet cashier. James then allegedly confronted the employee, demanded her keys and then "struck the victim with an open hand across the right side of the face." Police said that James fell to the ground after losing her balance, reports the station.

Police said that she had bloodshot eyes and a "strong odor of alcohol on her breath," WFOR reports.

Once she arrived at the police station, officers said that James was uncooperative. She was processed and released to Miami Heat executive Steve Stowe, according to WFOR.

It is not James' first run-in with the law. In Jan. 2006, she was arrested in Akron, Ohio for driving while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, the station reports.

"You have to move forward," LeBron James told WFOR Thursday after the latest incident. "It is my life and there's certain things you have to deal with. You try not to let it be a distraction. I have a job to do still."

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