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LeBron James uses the word ‘retarded’ again, is forced to apologize … again

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Before Wednesday night’s big-time match-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James, when responding to a reporter’s question he viewed as inane, used an insensitive word to articulate his opinion of the query.

The question that rankled LeBron reportedly had something to do with whether Kevin Durant has been a better passer this season.

“That is retarded to me,” James said. “Kevin Durant is great at being a passer.”

This retort not surprisingly caused a minor stir and LeBron was compelled to address his insensitive remark following his team’s 112-95 home-court loss to the red-hot Thunder. He apologized for his comment, mentioning that he has used the word before and needs to work on eradicating it from his vocabulary.

“I used the word retarded before,” James said (video here). “Obviously, it had nothing to do with kids that are underprivileged . There’s no knock on them. It’s a word that’s been around for a long time where I grew. It’s a bad habit, so I try to break it. If I use it again, I’m going to try to do my best not to. I mean no disrespect.”

While the use of the word “underprivileged” is an interesting choice, James did apologize, as he was forced to do during an Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Boston Celtics in 2011. James was responding to a question about whether a play by Dwyane Wade that caused an injury to Rajon Rondo was dirty. As was the case in his most recent verbal faux pas, James said, “That’s retarded.”

It seems like LeBron James is a slow learner when it relates to using the word “retarded.” In the grand scheme of things, is it the biggest deal? No, but one would suspect that an individual as media savvy as LeBron James who must be accustomed to having microphones shoved in his face and having every word he says scrutinized and analyzed would know better.

[Sun Sentinel, via The Big Lead]