LeBron James receives 4 times more abusive Twitter messages than any other athlete, study says

Athletes often abuse on social media.

However, a new Pickswise study says Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James gets far more than any other athlete in the world.

The study states that James received 122,568 abusive messages, which is an average of almost 336 per day.

Pickswise says the data was collected from Twitter posts with abusive words, phrases and hashtags aimed at athletes between June 2020 and June 2021.

Football star Marcus Rashford received the second most messages at 32,328, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tom Brady took third place with 28,151.

LeBron James celebrates Bronny James and Strive for Greatness teammates as they take on the Midwest Basketball Club at an AAU game at LeBron James Arena on Friday, July 2, 2021 in Akron, Ohio.  [Phil Masturzo/ Beacon Journal]

Other athletes in the top ten include Brooklyn Nets ancestor Kevin Darad (No. 4 at 24,370), NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace (No. 5 at 21,750), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (No. 6 at 20,904), the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer (No. 7 at 14,083), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 8 at 11,757), Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (No. 9 at 11,203) and footballer Mesut Ozil (No. . 10 at 11.192).

James has been the target of some criticism on social media – most recently after a tweet about the deadly shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl in Columbus. The tweet prompted a Cincinnati bar to say they would not show NBA games on television until James was ousted from the NBA. James later said he “fueled the wrong conversation” with his original tweet.

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