President Donald Trump has taken the latest jab in the prolonged verbal war between him and Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James. Trump sat down for an interview with Rush Limbaugh on Friday to discuss a number of topics, one in particular being King James and his political stance with the Democrat Party.
Trump then proceeded to call James a “hater”.
"Nobody’s watching [NBA]. I don’t even know who’s playing in the Finals… LeBron has been a spokesman for the Democratic Party. A very nasty spokesman. He’s a great basketball player, but people don't want to see a guy that way. He’s a hater."
– Donald Trump on LeBron, the NBA. pic.twitter.com/VL8UwENM9r
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 9, 2020
Trump has often stated that athletes shouldn’t get caught up in politics, as it distracts from the entertainment that sports brings and only adds controversy. Players like James have argued the contrary, saying their voices often times attract more of an audience than politicians.
The 45th president also stated during the interview that he’s unaware of which teams are playing in the NBA Finals due to his disconnection with the league and their outspoken players. He hasn’t had a good history with teams, as most championship clubs have opted lately to not visit the White House in normal tradition.
Though a bit harsh, Trump apparently isn’t the only one that’s skipping out on viewing the NBA Finals this year, with viewership plummeting compared to that of recent years. James and Trump’s feud dates back further than the finals however, with James going so far as to call Trump a bum back in 2017 while tweeting about Trump’s disrespect to the then-champions Golden State Warriors.
James will more than likely distance himself from Trump’s comments for the meantime as he looks to zone in on Game 5 on Friday night. The Lakers are up 3-1 against the Miami Heat and looking to close out behind a star-like performance from James.