A recent social media study conducted by SportsInsider.com revealed that LeBron James is the most hated player in the NBA.
The study gathered the information by tracking geotagged Twitter data from the last month, including negative mentions of NBA players. With over 70,000 tweets and hashtags that were tracked, it was found that LeBron is the NBA’s most hated player in 24 different states. He is followed by Kyrie Irving (18 states), James Harden (3), Kevin Durant (3), Russell Westbrook (1), and Paul George (1).
The hosts on FS1’s “Undisputed” weighed in on the study, with Chris Broussard breaking things down by saying that it boils down to politics. He explained, “I looked at the map…of where people hated LeBron the most. And it was pretty much all the red states. It was the middle of the country, the upper, Northern Midwest…places like that where they aren’t feeling LeBron James.”
Broussard added, “LeBron James stands for something. When you stand boldly and unashamedly for something, you’re gonna have people that love you and you’re gonna have people that hate you. The first thing he stands for is against social and racial injustice. You can argue, that LeBron is the player that started this whole movement across these various sports leagues, of players standing up against injustice.”