You may have read, earlier on, about my kind of, sort of, brush with Prince Charles, who I thought made eye contact with me or at least waved in my direction earlier in the Games.
Well on Sunday night, I went from Prince to King.
I was standing by the broadcast seats at the Olympic Stadium Sunday night, just as the 100 metre heats were to begin, when all of a sudden I looked beside me and there was LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant and James Harden, all from the US Olympic basketball team.
All of them filming the 100 heat with their portable phones.
When the first 100 heat ended, a rather small security guard looked up at LeBron and said: “I’m sorry, sir, you can’t be here.”
LeBron didn’t move, didn’t react as though he heard anything that was said. Neither did any of his teammates.
“Sir, please,” the security man chimed in.
Again, LeBron, didn’t move an inch, didn’t acknowledge anyone was even speaking to him.
“Do you know who that is?” I whispered to the security guy. “That’s LeBron James.”
Clearly, that meant nothing to the man in a security shirt, who didn’t recognize the American stars.
He told the athlete’s once more: “You can’t be here.” And so they were off to their approved seating.
“Thanks,” LeBron James said to the volunteer. It was all he said.