LeBron James apologizes for slur

LeBron James apologizes for slur
January 30, 2014, 10:00 am

LeBron James scored a game-high 34 points in the loss to the Thunder. (USATSI)

MIAMI -- 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. James and the Heat lost Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-95.

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