LeBron James accuses Donald Trump of trying to divide the nation using sports
LeBron James’ dislike of US President Donald Trump is as publicly known as the fact that J.R. Smith forgot to call a timeout near the end of regulation of last NBA Finals’ opening game. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has always loathed Trump, whose ideals constantly cause social abrasions.
On Monday, during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, James used the opportunity to blast Trump, this time because of the president’s apparent use of sports to forward his twisted views and further damage relationships among citizens.
LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump's trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together. He sits down with @donlemon at the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Watch 10pET https://t.co/koTK4RarqE pic.twitter.com/CQYsTz2Fzl
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2018
“We’re in a position right now in America where this whole race thing is taking over. One, because I believe our president is trying to divide us. He’s dividing us, and what I’ve noticed over the last few months is that he’s kind of used sport to kind of divide us. That’s something that I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white. I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got an opportunity to learn about me, and we became very good friends.
James, who has referred to Donald Trump as a “bum” before, spoke about the POTUS with full awareness of how the president has insisted on ignoring the true meaning behind the kneeling of NFL players during the playing of the national anthem before games. Instead of seeing and understanding these players’ plight to end racism and social injustice, Trump opts to view it from a maligned perspective.
James is in a unique position to call out Trump, knowing that his status affords him to stand as a loud mouthpiece that makes sure that the predicaments of his fellow African-Americans are being heard.
Don’t expect LeBron James to stop opposing Trump any time soon.