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Maverick, LeBron discuss "Decision" on CNN

By Jason Lloyd Published: September 30, 2010

Maverick Carter admitted in an interview Wednesday night on CNN the execution of the "Decision" could have been better. LeBron James is proud of the $3 million the show raised for the Boys & Girls Club. Both men believe race has played a factor in the backlash James has received.

"I think so at times," James said. "It's always, you know, a race factor."

Added Carter: "It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written. For sure."

To be fair, the race question was posed by CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien. It was asked about halfway through the segment, both men answered separately and the piece proceeded with no further mention. The piece was more focused on Carter as the point man to LRMR and the fallout from the "Decision."

"The execution could've been a little better and I take some of the blame for that," Carter said of the hour-long ESPN show he and James created to announce James' decision he was signing with the Miami Heat.

But James defended the $3 million the show raised for the Boys & Girls Club of America.

"For me to have the opportunity to give back to the Boys and Girls Club of America, I would never change that," James said. "And if I have to take heat, to give back to kids, I would do it the same way every single time.

He flashed a half-smirk and paused after saying the word "heat."

"LeBron was using a significant moment in time to benefit young people," said Frank Sanchez, the vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of America. "A lot of people can take those opportunities and make it about them. His goal was to make it about kids."

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