The Miami-Dade Police Department love their resident celebrities, especially sports gods like LeBron James. So when LeBron and his lovely fiancée, Savannah, were running late for the Jay Z/Justin Timberlake concert on Friday, the MDPD sent a motorcycle officer to get them to the concert on time.
The unidentified police officer broke all types of police department policies by driving at high speed on the wrong side of the road, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, in a non-emergency situation.
We know all of this because LeBron, like most boys, was excited by the bright, flashing lights. So he filmed a 15-second Instagram video of the action and posted it on Instagram for the world to see.
The caption under the video read “They treat us so well! Needed it cause traffic was nuts!!”
According to Miami affiliate CBS4, the Miami-Dade Police Department has finally come clean about the incident after conducting an internal revue.
Initially, the MDPD denied providing a police escort for LeBron and Savannah. The MDPD now admits that one of their officers escorted LeBron James and Savannah Brinson “about eight blocks to the stadium.”
“Upon further investigation, it has been confirmed that the Miami-Dade Police Department did facilitate Mr. James from one intersection to another in the adjacent area of the stadium,” a statement from MDPD read. “This was not a scheduled escort and although all safety precautions were taken, the department has identified these actions as a violation of departmental policies.”
Police say the officer got a call on his radio that the Miami Heat superstar was stuck in traffic near the stadium. Normally LeBron would ride his bike to work to get through congested traffic. But this time he had his future wife with him.
Major Nancy Perez of the Miami-Dade Police Department told CBS4’s Maggie Newland, “It was just one officer who was doing his job. He was radioed. He was asked to do something and that’s what he did, but unfortunately our department does not authorize us, in any way shape or form, to go in the opposite road against traffic.”
So does this mean any Miami citizen can call the police and ask them for an escort through rush hour traffic? Of course not — unless you have 2 NBA championship rings on your fingers. Imagine what they will do for LeBron when he gets his 3rd ring next season.