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LeBron James Defends Richard Sherman On Twitter

01/23/2014 03:20 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
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LeBron James stood up for Seattle's Richard Sherman on Thursday against those who criticized him as a "thug" over his loud postgame rant following the NFC Championship Game.

On Wednesday, the Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback fired back at those critics during a press conference.

"The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays," Sherman said. "It's like everyone else said the N-word and they said 'Thug' and they're like, 'Ah, that's fine.' That's where it kind of takes me aback and it's kind of disappointing."

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