HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — LeBron James and his manager say they believe race played a factor in how the two-time reigning NBA MVP’s decision to join the Miami Heat was covered this summer.
Neither James nor his manager, Maverick Carter, cited specifics when talking to CNN for a story that aired Wednesday night.
In the interview, CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien asked about “The Decision,” the one-hour special on ESPN in which James announced that he would play for the Heat, and some of the negative headlines it generated.
O’Brien asked if race played a role.
“I think so at times,” James said. “It’s always, you know, a race factor.”
Said Carter: “It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure.”