A newly released study found that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is the most hated player in the National Basketball Association.
Sports Insider, an online betting platform, put together a geotagged map and found that James scored lowest in favorability in 24 of the 50 states. One of the specific phrases used for the research was “I hate Lebron.” The study analyzed 70,000 tweets, hashtags, and phrases.
Trailing James was Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who recently claimed without evidence that Boston Celtics fans are racist. The results of the study are not shocking. James has continually received backlash for his controversial political opinions, having leaned hard into the Black Lives Matter agenda and often refused to condemn the Chinese Communist Party.
James made headlines in April when he targeted a police officer who saved the life of a black teenager by shooting another, tweeting, “YOU’RE NEXT.” James then deleted his tweet and claimed, “I’m so damn tired