What few people know about the controversy surrounding Lebron James’ Hummer that his mother had to mortgage the house to buy as a gift for his 18th birthday

A few years ago, LeBron James had a Hummer H2 that the NBA star drove when he was a young man, but many fans remember this all-terrain vehicle as a controversial protagonist in one of the periods of the current Los Angeles Lakers player’s life.
Los Angeles Lakers Cầu thủ bóng rổ NBA người Mỹ LeBron James đi bộ trên pitlane trước khi bắt đầu phiên bản thứ 100 của giải đua 24 giờ Le Mans, vào ngày 10 tháng 6 năm 2023. Năm nay đánh dấu kỷ niệm 100 năm cuộc đua. (Ảnh của Jean-Francois MONIER / AFP) (Ảnh của JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP qua Getty Images

When LeBron James attended St. Vincent–St. Mary High School was already a figure in basketball and everyone was sure that he would be the first pick in the NBA Draft in 2003 and that is why at the age of 18 his mother Gloria James gave him a Hummer H2 after asking for a loan from the bank.

LeBron James tạo dáng trước chiếc Hummer của mình sau khi tuyên bố tham gia NBA Draft vào tháng 4 năm 2003. (AP)

However, this luxurious gift was controversial, as many media outlets in the United States and fans indicated that it was unacceptable for LeBron James to arrive at his team’s games driving a vehicle worth tens of thousands of dollars while his teammates arrived in the car. their parents or on public transportation.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NGÀY 7 THÁNG 2: Gloria James và LeBron James #6 của Los Angeles Lakers ăn mừng trên sân sau khi trở thành Vua phá lưới mọi thời đại của NBA trong trận đấu với Oklahoma City Thunder vào ngày 7 tháng 2 năm 2023 tại Crypto.Com Arena ở Los Angeles, California. LƯU Ý CHO NGƯỜI DÙNG: Người dùng xác nhận và đồng ý rõ ràng rằng, bằng cách tải xuống và/hoặc sử dụng Ảnh này, người dùng đồng ý với các điều khoản và điều kiện của Thỏa thuận cấp phép Getty Images. Thông báo bản quyền bắt buộc: Bản quyền 2023 NBAE (Ảnh của Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE qua Getty Images

LeBron James with his mother Gloria NBAE via Getty

At that time, LeBron James was in the eye of the hurricane, as he had been disciplined by his school because he accepted retro jerseys valued at less than $1,000.

The reported Kelley Blue Book value for the 2003 Hummer H2 is roughly $18,000, but Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin told Rovell that he anticipates the vehicle will “definitely” fetch six figures. LeBron’s pewter-colored (now white) Hummer was outfitted with a custom sound system, three televisions and a video-game console.

The real value, however, is the bizarre story behind the vehicle.

The Hummer became the subject of much debate in 2003, when James began driving it shortly after his 18th birthday. The OHSAA launched an investigation to determine whether James violated the state’s amateur bylaws by accepting a reward for his athletic achievement valued at more than $100.

Ultimately, OHSAA commissioner Clair Muscaro determined that James had successfully skirted the rules. According to the investigation, it was LeBron’s mother, Gloria, who had taken out the $50,000 loan against her son’s future earning power and gifted the vehicle to him on his 18th birthday.

Four days after he was cleared in the Hummer drama, James was ruled ineligible by the OHSAA for accepting two throwback jerseys valued at $845. He took the state’s governing body to court and won the appeal, ultimately leading St. Vincent-St. Mary to a third state championship in his four seasons.

LeBron’s Hummer was auctioned

LeBron James’ Hummer was auctioned by Autos Direct Online at a reserve price of $64,800, however the most they managed to get was $50,900.

LeBron James, a car lover

LeBron James is the top star of the NBA and his career has made him a billionaire, which he chooses to spend on luxurious objects that are his preference, such as sports cars.

According to ‘Forbes’ magazine, LeBron’s estimated fortune reached billions of dollars, making him equal to Michael Jordan, who became a billionaire a decade after retiring from the NBA.

The same magazine indicates that LeBron James currently owns 1,100 billion dollars and one of his passions for spending his money is high-end cars, with which he managed to build an authentic collection.

Robb Report México reported that in recent years LeBron James bought three Ferraris of the models: 99, F430 Spider and 458 Spider. These cars are also joined by a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57 S, a Dodge Challenger SRT, a Hummer Ev truck and a Bentley Continental GT.

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