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.

The New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets were among James’ suitors.

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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