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Jame's Manager: Race Played Role in Media Coverage
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) -- LeBron James's manager says he believes race played a factor in how the two time reigning NBA MVP's decision to join the Miami Heat was covered this summer.

Maverick Carter did not cite specifics when talking to CNN for a story that aired Wednesday night.

Carter tells the cable network that race ``definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media'' during coverage of James' free-agent saga.

James turned down a chance to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers and ultimately decided to join the Heat in an oft-criticized televised special that raised $3 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

James was expected to talk to the media Thursday and a e-mail to his representatives requesting comment was not immediately answered.

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