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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he received voicemails of a “vile, disgusting, racist” nature after LeBron James called Donald Trump a “bum” on Twitter.

During a visit to CNBC’s Squawk Box, Gilbert said the voicemails exposed “an element of racism that I didn’t even realize existed in this country.”

As previously reported, James responded to Donald Trump’s tweet that disinvited Stephen Curry of the world champion Golden State Warriors to the White House after the guard had already expressed hesitation over going.

James responded on Twitter, “U bum. @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

Gilbert called the response he received personally after James’ tweet, “some of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard people say.”

“And you could hear it in their voice—the racism,” Gilbert added. “It wasn’t even really about the issue, and that’s what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them.”

“I didn’t even tell LeBron this. Now he’s going to know,” Gilbert said.

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