LeBron James had police departments throughout South Florida claiming they had no involvement with the police escort the Miami Heat star got to a concert Friday night. But Monday, TMZ learned the Miami-Dade Police Department is now officially investigating the matter. They first denied on the record that it wasn't their cruisers seen in an Instagram video, leading Lebron James to a Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert. But now they're calling it a "break from protocol", according to the TMZ Sports story on Aug. 19. Many today are questioning spending public resources on escorting a sports celebrity to a music concert.
LeBron James posted an Instagram video of himself Friday, riding behind a police car with its strobe lights flashing, as they drove down the wrong side of the street. A "massive" traffic jam could be seen to the right.
The website contacted four police agencies following the controversial concert escort to try and identify whose police cruisers were seen on the video.
They included Miami City PD, Miami Gardens PD, Florida Highway Patrol, and Miami-Dade PD. All stated on the record that it was not one of their cruisers leading King James to the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake show on Friday night.
James captioned his video post, "They treat us so well. Needed it cause traffic was nuts!!". Click here to see the video.
However, since then several law enforcement sources kept pointing the reporters back to the Miami-Dade Police Department, stating that would be who would have jurisdiction at Sun Life Stadium, where the concert was held.
Kurt Helin wrote on NBS Sports that he, like many others, didn't think this was a good use of people's tax dollars. Escorts are okay for the president, pregnant women and few other special circumstances, but not to get a famous athlete to a music concert.
While Miami-Dade initially denied involvement along with the other agencies, now an officer claims they are "investigating" because LeBron's escort would have constituted a break from department protocol.
Also, "dignitaries" typically must make a written request for a police escort prior to an event. That was said to have not happened here.
It's likely there's a few officers who are sweating today in Miami, but not because of the heat, but because of the Heat.