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LeBron James apologizes for 'insensitive' term, again

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

LeBron James apologized Wednesday. (USATSI)
LeBron James apologized Wednesday.? (USATSI)

LeBron James apparently used the word "retarded" in a pregame interview and apologized for it before answering any quesions about the Heat's loss to the Thunder on Wednesday in postgame interviews. From the AP:

LeBron James of the Miami Heat apologized Wednesday night for using the word "retarded" while answering a question posed in a pregame interview.

James says the word's usage is a bad habit that he's trying to break, and that he'll try not to use it again.

"I mean no disrespect," James said.

The NBA's four-time Most Valuable Player opened his postgame interview session by addressing the matter without being asked

via LeBron James apologizes for slur.

It's the second time James has faced criticism for it, though he got out in front of this one. In 2011 he referred to a reporter's question as "retarded." It's a common term used by juveniles, and it's a good sign for the league that James is aware that it's not a good idea to use it. On a night when he was dominant on the court but his team was run out of the building by Kevin Durant and the Thunder, James had a lot to be sorry about.

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