June 05, 2007|By CHILDS WALKER

An article on LeBron James' performance in the NBA playoffs that ran on Page 3C in the early edition Saturday contained a term that is derogatory.

When I wrote those words, I did not know the language could be construed as a racial epithet. I meant only to convey that James seemed a much more advanced player than those attempting to defend him. My colleagues on the sports desk quickly recognized my mistake and eliminated the reference in the final two editions of the paper.

I'm embarrassed by my ignorance of the offending term, and I sincerely apologize for using it.

Childs Walker

Sun reporter

FOR THE RECORD - A writer's note on Page 2E of the Sports section today explains use of a term in an opinion article that ran in some editions Saturday. The term is offensive and never should have been published.

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