LeBron James has apologized for his use of the word “retarded” in a press conference following the Miami Heat’s Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
When a reporter asked Dwyane Wade whether he thought his foul that led to Rajon Rondo‘s dislocated elbow was a “dirty play,” James muttered “that’s retarded” under his breath, with his hand over his mouth.
As you might expect, the remark was immediately decried by the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers.
“LeBron James offended millions of people with his use of the ‘R’-word,” CEO Gary Blumenthal said.
“Aren’t we as a society beyond the use of such offensive language as the ‘R’-word and other offensive words? There is no difference between racist language, homophobic language and language that insults people with disabilities. It is all offensive and hurtful.”
After playing a major role in last night’s 98-90 overtime win in Game 4, LeBron James started the post-game press conference with an apology.
“First of all, before I answer your questions, I want to apologize for using the ‘R’-word after Game 3,” said James.
“If I offended anyone, I sincerely apologize.”
Blumenthal also wants the NBA to fine James for the insensitive comment.
Check it out in the video below.
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