You have to be either very stupid, or incredibly cocky to spread hate about someone who is currently receiving huge amount of (positive) attention. Well, I guess if you’re the President, then you don’t need any excuses.
That’s right – President Donald Trump took a shot at Los Angeles Lakers’ newest star LeBron James in a tweet Friday night.
James was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday about the opening of a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown.
In the interview, James discussed the impact of sports and how it brings people together. He also said he felt Trump was “using sports to kinda divide us.”
“Sports has never been something that divides people,” James told Lemon. “It’s always been something that brings someone together.”
Trump’s tweet was an obvious response to the interview, aired four days before. In the tweet, Trump also appeared to take sides in the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate, saying, “I like Mike!”
James hasn’t been that quiet about Trump as well. In fact, in September 2017, he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House.
“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted then.
That same month, after Trump suggested that NFL players should be “fired” for “disrespecting the flag”, James said Trump’s conduct was unbecoming of someone in his position.
“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” James said then. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that’s … this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world.”
In a Monday interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, James said that he has no regrets about criticizing the president.
“For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?” he told Nichols. “Sport has given me everything I could ever ask for. I couldn’t let that happen.”