Maverick Carter did not cite specifics when talking to CNN for a story that aired Wednesday night, other than saying race “definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media” during coverage of James‘ free-agent saga.
It’s not the first time race has been a discussion point in the aftermath of what was called “The Decision,” an oft-criticized televised special that raised $3 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“I think people are looking too far into it,” James said. “But at the same time, sometimes it does play a part in it. I’ve said what I had to say, and I’ll continue to move on.”
After James made his announcement July 8, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert responded that same evening by releasing a fiery letter to fans of his team, saying James was being “narcissistic” and “cowardly.” That prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to enter the fray, saying the Cavs owner saw James as a “runaway slave.”
Through a representative, Carter declined comment Thursday.