LeBron James is metaphorically on top of the world, like a physically fit Santa Claus who has traded his wispy old man beard for a thick, shiny goatee. After winning his first title, third MVP and the respect of even the most ardent LeBron haters, the Miami Heat superstar has taken his traveling act to London, where he’ll get to wow a whole new continent with his slow motion basketball skills.

But even a guy like LeBron can’t have everything. That just wouldn’t be fair. From the Charlotte Observer:

“The basketball players were nice enough to kind of come out and meet the swimmers and take pictures,” [Lauren] 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.”

Just to be clear, Perdue also made sure people knew that LeBron just wanted to have a chill meal at the dining hall as friends, and not that he was creeping on a 21-year-old from one of the Olympics’ most visible sports. So relax, Jerry Springer, it’s not a big deal.

However, it is still pretty funny that LeBron James got turned down by a minor swimmer, just because she had to go back to her room and go to sleep. At this point, it’s probably hard to keep LeBron James humble, what with all the accolades, awards, money, dance-offs with Lamar Odom and custom cakes. But maybe this could do it. Getting “turned down” by a fellow Olympian because she has a curfew might be a tiny reminder of “Oh yeah, sports” for LeBron, just to keep him focused.

Plus, now LeBron knows what all those equestrian nerds eating lunch in the dining hall by themselves feel like. It’s like at the end of “Mean Girls,” when Lindsay Lohan has gone from the most popular girl in school to outcast who can’t even eat a meal with Lizzie Caplan. I look forward to him tearing his headband to pieces and handing every Olympian a thread as a gesture of good will. Just be careful around the buses.

(via The Sporting News)