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August 20, 2013
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LeBron James' video of police escort prompts investigation

The officer violated policy when he escorted the NBA star to a stadium during high traffic before a concert

The Miami Herald

MIAMI — En-route to Friday's Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was given a police escort to navigate the bumper-to-bumper traffic into Sun Life Stadium.

A grateful James posted the clip of the good deed on his Instagram account with the caption: "They treat us so well! Needed it cause traffic was nuts!!" James has a little under 3.5 million Instagram followers.

"Light police escort on the wrong side of the street," James said. "Headed to the big homie concert, JT. Holla."

On Monday, Miami-Dade police said the officer who gave James and his fiancee the wrong-way escort into the stadium "violated departmental policies."

An investigation has been launched.

In a news release on Monday, the department said:
"It has been brought to our attention that a video was posted on the Internet by LeBron James, a professional basketball player, where it shows him being escorted onto the property of Sun Life Stadium for a concert on Friday, August 16, 2013.

"Upon further investigation, it has been confirmed that Miami-Dade Police did facilitated Mr. James from one intersection to another in the adjacent area of the stadium. his was not a scheduled escort and although all safety precautions were taken, the department has identified these actions as violated department policies."

The police officer involved was not identified. James could not be immediately reached for comment.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2013 The Miami Herald






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