Lebron James and Lauren Perdue
Miami Heat player may have just won a championship, but even he gets turned down by women every now and again. Information has leaked out that Lebron asked Olympic swimmer Lauren Perdue out to dinner. She politely declined and told the ball player that she had a curfew.
Things would have been OK had they ended there, but Perdue tweeted the information out to her followers. That tweet was then retweeted by her Alma mater, the University of Virginia.
Lauren then sent out a tweet with a pic of herself posing with Lebron (up top).
After that the information went viral.
To make matters worse Lebron is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson. Brinson is also the mother of Lebron's two children.
Lebron and Savannah Brinson
Perdue gave an interview to Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer to try and clear up the situation.
I asked Perdue about it Wednesday. "The basketball players were nice enough to kind of come out and meet the swimmers and take pictures," Perdue said, speaking of a recent evening when the basketball players toured the Olympic Village (they aren't staying there -- the swimmers are).
LeBron did take a liking to Perdue, though, who is a star swimmer at the University of Virginia. So did he really ask her to dinner?
"He did," Perdue said. "He was kind of joking but he was basically like, 'Would you like to come eat with me at the dining hall?' And I said, 'Um, I'm sorry, I have a curfew. So I turned that one down, yeah."
One more note: Perdue said LeBron was "gracious" and certainly didn't imply that he was asking her to anything other than a meal at the Olympic Village dining hall.