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LeBron James re-tweets hate messages

October 20, 2010 |  2:23 pm

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King (LeBron) James has sensed some dissension among the ranks.

After joining Twitter in July, the Miami Heat star has received some derogatory Twitter messages. He decided to re-tweet a few of them Tuesday for his 900,000 followers to view.

"I just want you guys to see it also," James told reporters after the Heat's practice Wednesday. "To see what type of words that are said toward me and towards us as professional athletes. Everybody thinks it is a bed of roses and it's not."

In one message a person wrote that James is "a big nosed big lipped bug eyed [racial slur]. Ur greedy, u try to hide ur ghettoness."

Another message said "why don't u speak by laying ur head under a moving car."

The people who are sending those messages, however, may be triggering a different reaction than they had hoped for.

"You're always going to have people who love you and who hate you," James said. "I have enough motivation but I can always use a little more."

-- Melissa Rohlin

ESPN contributed to this report.

Photo: LeBron James. Credit: Joe Skipper / Reuters.

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