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Sunday, October 01, 2017 1:00 am

Cavs owner receiving 'vile' racist voicemails

Associated Press

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump a “bum” on Twitter.

Gilbert said he was flooded with phone messages when the NBA's most celebrated player criticized Trump for rescinding a White House invitation to Golden State's Stephen Curry to honor the team's NBA championship.

“I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist,” Gilbert said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box. “There's an element of racism that I didn't even realize existed in this country this much.”

Gilbert called the comments unnerving.

Last week, James said he did not regret his comment about Trump.

“When I woke up and saw what he said about Steph Curry,” James said.

“It's almost, like, 'Hey, I'm not going to be able to make it. I'm not coming' and then you would be like, 'LeBron, guess what? You're not invited.' I wasn't coming anyways, so that was funny to me when I woke up and saw that. So, my first initial response was, you bum.”