• Jan 18, 2008
Being that I hate the local news in my home town, I had to find out from our friends at Jalopnik that Cleveland's own self-made messiah, LeBron James, got busted for breaking the century mark while driving home from the airport after an away game in New Orleans. An Ohio State officer pulled James over in his white Mercedes early in the AM on December 30th, which also happened to be the NBA superstar's 23rd birthday. James pleaded not guilty to the charge and could get a $150 fine. The story might have ended there had James not commented to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "It's no big deal. I was on my way home to go to sleep. You have to abide by the rules. I made a mistake." Now it seems the morally righteous are jumping on the King's case for playing down the significance of getting a triple-digit speeding ticket. We certainly don't condone speeding to excess, though we can relate to wanting to get home as fast as possible after, say, an exhausting auto show, and slip into a sleep coma.
[Source: Associated Free Press via Jalopnik, Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone remember the good ol' days?
      http://www.us-highways.com/montana/mtspeed.htm
        • 7 Years Ago
        the problem is that deaths per driven mile went up after the speed limit was installed. i have driven there in the "good old days" and i found very few if any people going over 85-90 MPH
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow the lot of you guys are really missing the point. Not guilty to 101mph is what he is pleading. He is probably going to try and get it down to something like 90mph or what not.

      Here in CALI its 500 bucks for going over 10mph plus 12hours of traffic school. If you get caught doing 30 over the limit you could go to jail for reckless endangerment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The question is, what Mercedes was he driving?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not one that could out run a Crown Vic!
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol

        that's exactly what I was thinking

        probably one of the large models

        I'm guessing- CL?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing is wrong with 100 mph.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dear Fool,
        Yes, the ENGINE can do 100 mph, but, you haven't been reading AutoBlog to long, because you'd know that even Porsche fought an increase in roll-over protection. In other words you crest a hill doing 100, only to find a clump of traffic doing 65, or you crease a hill only to find cars streaming in from an on ramp still only doing 50mph, you SLAM on the brakes and put it into a spin to avoid hitting someone, or better yet you put it sideways and start to flip.

        Your CAR is not built to protect you, legally, at anything more then 45 mph, except for Volvo.

        Rent some TRACK TIME to test your car and your driving skills.


        • 7 Years Ago
        Crest a hill at 100 mph and hit the brakes and spin ? Ever hear of ABS brakes ? Stability control. Even an athlete in a modern car probably would not spin.

        A spin will happen when a car has an unbalance. Otherwise modern braking systems with ABS will allow the car to stop in a straight line.

        If the track time was directed towards me , I was at the track yesterday. I am pretty sure within the last few years I spend more time at the track , than you spent in front of the computer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This went public a few days ago..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe he didn't run from the police because if he did, he would have gotten arrested, some police stations have choppers......

      I got pulled over the other day I was going 145mph and pulled right over as soon as I saw the cop behind me, cop gave me a break for 110, I have to appear in court, I can only imagine what the fine is....

      If you try to evade the police, and they catch you..... all kinds of charges
        • 7 Years Ago
        *Gets popcorn*
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok Nick Hogan, thanks for the advice
        • 7 Years Ago
        Played too much Need For Speed, haven't we?
      • 7 Years Ago
      go king james..ah ah ah
      Michael
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live outside Boston . 101mph is the average speed on the morning commute. Seriously .
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Misplace the decimal? 10.1mph? A few of my friends are from the area or recently went to school around there and complain to no end about how incapable many Boston drivers are and how annoying the commute is.

        Getting back to the topic at hand, 1st off, it's not a big deal and I'd imagine a sober athlete, you know, with quick reactions and whatnot, driving fast safer than a drunk movie star driving at all. He has also stated that it was a mistake. In my life, I've definitely gone over the limit and all times but one, I've not been caught. I don't, however, take unnecessary risks. To me, to the poster who commented on driving 145mph+ on public roads, I hope you get arrested.

        Driving 20-30mph over on properly inflated tires on a dry, empty road on a clear day can be perfectly safe just like driving the speed limit but not checking your blind spots can be exceedingly dangerous; driving ~150 is just not on the same level and should only be done on a track. I wonder what hitting a pothole would be like at that speed?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Michael
        It's usually 80+ MPH in the breakdown lane on 3N in the south shore. Until you get within smell of Braintree, then its 10 MPH.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh... your typical modern NBA player.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is the point of him pleading not guilty and then admitting to his mistake in the press?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because he is a moron.
        • 7 Years Ago
        have you just never gotten a ticket before. just because you admit to something out of court has no bearing on the judgement you recieve from the court. simply saying not guilty means that they will have to prove that he was speeding nothing more nothing less. anyone who recieves a ticket and just gives in is a moron not a person who gives the system and himself a chance.

        im not saying that his plea will get him off more than likely he'll simply get a small fine and supervision. The ticket was for only 20 over not something ridiculous.
          • 7 Years Ago
          "have you just never gotten a ticket before. just because you admit to something out of court has no bearing on the judgment you receive from the court."

          No, but is says a lot about his character (or lack thereof).
        • 7 Years Ago
        You don't even need a college degree to know that... stupid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "Morally [self] Righteous" can have an express ticket to hell (they'll get there eventually.) It seems from the report at least that LeBron is being much more responsible and adult about this than most people who are ticketed for speeding. He said there are rules, you have to follow them, I'm going to pay for this. What more do people want from him? While I haven't been CAUGHT driving over 100 mph, I've significantly exceeded that speed. When I did so it was safe, good weather, I had great visibility and in a few of the cases it was legal where and when I was doing it.

      I could see people bitching about it if he were whining that "the man" was out to get him or some other such stupid self-entitled crap that many people pull, but he's owned up and will pay up. Quite respectable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Once again, so much name-calling for so little a matter. What would some of you say about him if he really did something wrong?

      I got pulled over for doing 104 in a 55 zone. The cop wrote the ticket for "illegal lane change." The fine -- $44.

      He really wanted the guy I was following, who was doing about 110 and trying to lose me so I would be lost in then-unfamiliar Tampa.

      LeBron did exactly the right thing. You don't go into court and say you're guilty to a speeding ticket. You make the state prove it. If the cop doesn't show, the ticket gets tossed and LeBron's out nothing but court costs, despite what he said to the media and it is most certainly NOT admissable as evidence. Who's going to bring it up? The cop? Is he going to tape it and play it for the judge? Get real.

      Then again, it's not like $150 is going to break LeBron anyway.
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