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LeBron James posts cryptic tweet amid fallout of Charles Barkley rant

LeBron James took to social media early Tuesday morning to post a cryptic tweet in the wake of blistering comments made in response to criticism from Charles Barkley.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar continued an already drama-filled past week by calling out the NBA on TNT analyst as a “hater” while eviscerating Barkley over his arguably unsavory past.

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James said following Monday’s 104-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, via ESPN. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.” James added.

Barkley drew James’ ire by labeling the Cavs superstar’s plea to the front office last week to add a “playmaker” to the roster as “whiny.”

In the wake of his fiery retort to Barkley’s criticism, James also took to Twitter to post a cryptic message, something he has been known to do from time to time (here and here and here).

James got the ball rolling with an expletive-ridden diatribe last Monday, saying in part, “I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization.”

The drama not surprisingly continued throughout the week amid the fallout from James’ comments, although things seemed to quiet down in recent days.

But James’ vitriolic candor Monday night about Barkley likely will initiate another controversial news cycle for the Cavaliers.

But the cryptic tweet? The meaning behind it, as always, is subject to interpretation.