According to the social media use survey by Sports Insider using trends software, the study tracked negative mentions of NBA players on Twitter.
The study tracked negative tweets such as “I hate LeBron” or “LeBron sucks” and other negative comments for players.
Other players who saw negative reactions include James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George.
- Lebron James – 24 states
- Kyrie Irving – 18 states
- James Harden – 3 states
- Kevin Durant – 3 states
- Russell Westbrook – 1 state
- Paul George – 1 state
L.A. Lakers star LeBron James was rated most hated in states including Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and others.
As to the Brooklyn Net’s Kyrie Irving, he was most hated in states including Illinois, Missouri, Washington, and Colorado.
It should be noted that this study only followed negative tweets, and positive tweets are not factored into the data.
For more information on how Twitter’s geotagged tweets are compiled, see Twitter’s developer page.