Martin Howard Coming Out to let the World know who he is to LeBron James
Late in the year of 2009, my daughter and I rented a home from a friend of mine. After meeting a man she contracts on occasion to do home repairs, I found myself perplexed for nearly a year about ‘why it was that I had this strong desire to recall how it was that I knew or encountered this man prior to moving into this property.
First of all, have you ever had a deep-penetrating thought or feeling that someone you’ve just met reminds you of someone whom you may know or have seen “on more than one occasion” but you just couldn’t put your finger on whomever that may be? Well, in the case of Martin Howard (aka Marty) and seeing him on occasion because he’s worked as my landlords home repair person, I was always left with this overwhelming and ever-pending certainty in the back of my mind that I knew him from somewhere else. I was determined to solve this puzzle in my mind, and I did… but it took me nearly one whole year before doing so. As it turned-out, it was not that I knew Martin or that my life in some small degree had crossed paths with his… it was the striking resemblance of LeBron I would see in his face–his smile, and more that threw me for a loop each and every time Martin would step into my home to do repairs.
So here it was many months later while saying good-bye to Martin as he was exiting down the stairway of my unit one day that at that vary moment as he had turned to say, “Did Toni (my landlords nickname) tell you…..” (I interrupted) I blurted-out before he could finish his question, “…that you are the father of LeBron James!” Finally, it became clear in an instant and the mystery was over.
Martin’s ear-to-ear grin got even bigger and he responded, “yep!” I went on to say, “Oh my God… you bite…no…, he bites his fingernails just like you do!” Finally, my mind was put to rest–no more being perplexed about who it was that Martin reminded me of.
LeBrons Striking Resemblance to Martin…
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LeBron bares a striking resemblance to Martin–even their body mechanics and that similar ear-to-ear grin. LeBron stands like him with broad shoulders alike… and everywhere Martin goes, people can’t help but to approach him with that ole’ familiar question, “Are you LeBron’s father?” Or “Are you related to LeBron?”
Just last week, he told me that a woman was so excited when she saw him in passing while in public that she asked to take a picture with him. Martin told me that that was not his first such experience, but that it has happened on many occasions.
Many of Martin’s family members, friends, and even people he meets out in public are expecting to hear some day that an actual meeting between him and LeBron has or will take place.
So here Martin is today coming out and wanting to make it clear that he is, in fact, LeBron’s biological father. Martin is coming from a premise of passion and wanting nothing more than for an incredible and heart-warming conclusion to transpire and to replace the hole in his heart for not having had the opportunity and advantages of knowing and raising LeBron whom he feels, definitively, is his son. Regardless of any others opinions or whatever press may come, all there is to Martin’s story is seeking clarity and closure.
Martin has always impressed me as being a very intelligent, practical, gentle, compassionate, caring, and upstanding individual. What he desires is peace of mind that he has at least reached-out to LeBron via the event of this post and his Facebook page; having had no idea until recent years that he and Gloria James conceived a child together in 1984, the year LeBron was conceived.
Martin’s prior attempt about two years ago to reach an agreement with LeBron’s then attorney, Fred Nance, to allow him a visit at his office (Nance’s) for the purpose of arranging a meet-up with LeBron left him in a state of perpetual-longing for closure since then. Nance refused and treated it like yet another joker claiming to be LeBron’s biological father. It was just three weeks ago that I suggested to Martin that I’d assist him by uploading images to Facebook, which was a project that he had already figured on doing. The only role I play is in helping him do the technical things that he is inexperienced in doing, such as blogging, creating and uploading images and a video.
Martin’s ultimate goal, again, is having closure and peace of mind… and of course, if that means having a “carefully structured and secure DNA test” to prove he’s, in fact, the NBA all-star’s father, he can only hope LeBron would agree to having such tests. More importantly, Martin is desirous of taking a comprehensive approach in the vein of passion as a upstanding father just like that of a father to his beloved child.
Unlike Leicester Stovell, Martin has no desire to go as far as suing LeBron. He’s leaving matters to LeBron to take the next step, if this is his wish also to establish paternity and to create, perhaps, what’s left of his future to behold and to cherish as a father to his biological child.
How Martin Came to the Conclusion that LeBron is his son
While watching the local news one day from his home, news of the arrest of Gloria James for a DUI was being aired. It was at this time that Martin couldn’t believe his own eyes after catching a glimpse of Gloria sitting court-side on the bench at a Cleveland Cavalier’s game. Martin explained that took him by utter surprise… he sat up and leaned closer towards his TV screen and then it popped–his mind took him back to the time in 1984 when he and Gloria met and became intimately involved.
Here’s how Martin tells it, “I happened to be watching the news on TV one evening when it came up in the news about Gloria’s arrest… I leaned closer towards the TV to take a harder look at her face and it struck me that according to LeBron’s age, if I’m right, he can very well be my biological son!”
Regardless of whether or not LeBron cares to know who his biological father is, it is the opinion of Martin’s family and even passer-by’s on the street who actually have approached Martin at times to tell him how much he and LeBron resemble and that Martin deserves a chance to put to rest any question(s) in his mind about being LeBron’s biological father.
From the looks of things, LeBron is the biological offspring of Martin
At the request of Martin, I am posting this commentary as a means to a positive end. Below is a collage consisting of images of LeBron and Martin. These images offer a tiny glimpse into the striking resemblance between LeBron and Martin. All I can say is… if only you’d see him (Martin) in person–the striking resemblance of their smiles and ear-to-ear grin… including similarities of their physique… the way they both stand and walk alike, and even speaking patterns and intonations and body animation are truly amazing to see; although they have yet to meet.
In being positive, I truly believe there is already enough overwhelmingly-powerful clues that will arouse curiosity in LeBron and in the media. These clues, Martin and his family hopes, will only bring about powerful and positive conclusions for the best of both worlds. It is Martin’s wish that readers of this commentary will work in accord with a Greater Plan for all intents and purposes; having nothing to do with any hidden agendas or erroneous values of any kind.
Simply, a seed has been planted and since having greater certainty in his (Martin’s) heart that LeBron is indeed his son, this seed has only grown deeper and stronger roots with time. Martin would simply enjoy the honor of having a platform to meet and establish ties with LeBron that would ultimately allow opportunity for a positive step forward in as gracious a fashion as possible.
In the practical world, there are no impediments such as egotistical, nebulous, or erroneous values that can play-out in this situation. Therefore, when all is said and done, nothing outside Truth will have opportunity to preclude what Martin and his family feels can be a spectacular moment moving forward.
Again, for Martin, it’s a matter of principle that he is finally acknowledged and bestowed the honor and gratitude of a father’s love for his biological child. As a matter-of-fact, it was Martin’s idea to simply add images to Facebook with hopes of getting the exposure he wants. But I took it a step further to jot down a few details in this post to give LeBron and the public a closer look into how this event has unfolded to-date; beginning with my own mental fixation to determine why it was that whenever I laid eyes on Martin, it was such a perplexing experience.
OK! Some of you may think that it’s best to ‘leave well enough alone’. But who’s to say what ‘well enough is’ in such matters-of-the heart! LeBron may never share the same sentiments as Martin. However, in all practicality, matters of the heart between “two or more souls” should prevail over all else–good, better, or indifferent. There’s so much more to ourselves than miniscule perspectives compared to the unseen world around us.
Dear LeBron! Martin and your biological family, and in particular, your 94-year old grandmother who is currently in a nursing home here in Cleveland would simply love meeting you. It is Martin’s wish to put far greater importance on the future rather than the past.
Please ‘like & share’ the above video to help Martin and the Howard family get one-step closer to their dream to meet and bring closure to a father’s wish come true! ~Grateful, Martin Howard and Family