LeBron James speaks at the announcement of his future NBA plans at the Boys & Girls Club of America on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

*LeBron James is being accused of playing the race card for suggesting that his skin color was a factor in the negative media coverage surrounding his decision to join the Miami Heat.

In a CNN interview that aired Wednesday night, correspondent Soledad O’Brien asked about “The Decision,” the one-hour special on ESPN in which James announced that he would play for the Heat.

When asked if he thought race played a role some of the negative headlines it generated, James answered: “I think so at times. It’s always, you know, a race factor.”

His manager Maverick Carter added: “It definitely played a role in some of the stuff coming out of the media, things that were written for sure.”

James turned down a chance to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers and ultimately decided to join the Heat in the oft-criticized televised special that raised $3 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.