NBA Miami Heat star LeBron James (pictured) posted an excerpt on Instagram from the March GQ Magazine interview where he opened up to speak about a man he has never met, or even personally seen–his own dad.
The 29-year-old, ten-years strong, power forward and recently married dad of two spoke about his life and being raised in a single-parent household with just his mom at the helm. Reportedly, James’ mom, Gloria, was only 16-years-old when she gave birth to the future sports dynamo, her first and only child.
James’ dad, Anthony McClelland (pictured left) was reportedly just a casual sex partner who didn’t bother hanging around to help Gloria raise their son. McClelland allegedly turned to a life of crimes such as arson and theft and James has never had any contact with his biological dad whatsoever.
James, whose life was difficult moving from place to place with his mom as she struggled to make a paltry living, credits her for always keeping him by her side. The larger-than-life player said that not once did he ever feel unloved or unimportant by his mom.
In the Instagram excerpt, the text lays over a photo of James in uniform before a game. James actually thanks his absentee dad for not having played a role in his life and his father’s non-involvement he says, helped to mold him into the responsible man he has become today. James never explains why he posted the penetrating words on his Instagram account but perhaps he was motivated by children, who feel cast aside or downtrodden, so they could gain some flicker of hope that dreams can very well come true.
Here is the sentiment James wanted to share with his legion of adoring fans:
“Like, ‘Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.’ The fuel that I use—you not being there—it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And be able to put my guys that’s with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in my business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend—he’s my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?”