Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

NBA players come to defense of LeBron James

NBA players come to defense of LeBron James

In an interview with CNN, James said he thought the president had used sports to "divide" the USA, adding it was something he "can't relate to".

"He's kind of used sport to... divide us and that's something I can't relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white".

"This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime?"

James was to be at the school to welcome students and make his first public comments since deciding to join the Lakers. CNN is also one of Mr. Trump's favorite foes.

Previously, CNN aired a segment in which the three-time National Basketball Association champion was asked whether he'd sit down with Trump, who James once called a "bum" for disinviting Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry from the White House.

He has repeatedly said that anyone who kneels during the anthem should be fired.

Michael Jordan, referenced by Trump in his attack tweet, took Lebron's side, releasing a statement: "I support LJ".

Trump declared that the dumbest man on television made James look smart.

As was noted on Twitter Saturday morning, Lemon and James are two successful and respected African-American men who have risen in their respective careers. Lemon nor James has responded to Trump's tweet.

At the end of the interview, Lemon challenged Trump, a move that perhaps invoked the Trump tweet. "Going to White House was a great honour until you showed up!"

LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.

Trump is under fire for insulting LeBron's intelligence, just days after James opened a school for underprivileged children.

James also chose Los Angeles in part because it represents the next chapter in his life.

"I would never sit across from him", he said. But nobody cared about Trump weighing in on that debate.

After Trump tweeted, athletes and others reacted.

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