Lakers’ LeBron James laughs at Donald Trump for saying he won’t watch the NBA anymore
In a post-game interview on Wednesday, LeBron James shared his thoughts on Trump’s statement. James is confident that basketball will go on even without Trump. He also noted that he will continue to support what the NBA is doing to address the social injustices hounding the country.
“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership.”
LeBron James on Donald Trump saying he won’t watch any more NBA games because people have kneeled to protest systemic racism during the national anthem: “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership.” pic.twitter.com/l9sP7LiFsi
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) August 6, 2020
James — arguably the most popular basketball player today — has been one of the most outspoken celebrities on the matter. He has used his platform and influence to spark discussions and steer them in the right direction.
The NBA, too, has been one of the most outspoken leagues in the world in relation to social injustices. They have allowed their players to freely speak out on matters such as police brutality, racial discrimination, and the like.
Teams, too, have taken an active stance in protest against Trump’s administration. After winning the title, part of a team’s celebration involves visiting the White House to be honored by the US President. But since Trump took the office, no NBA champion has stepped foot in the White House. In fact, it was James’ Cleveland Cavaliers that last visited the White House back in 2016.
And from the looks of it, James and the rest of the league will continue to speak out whenever they see fit. They very well know how vast their platform.