Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Athletes react to Donald Trump insulting LeBron James

Athletes react to Donald Trump insulting LeBron James

The current Commander-in-Chief took the time to tweet a dissing message about NBA basketball player LeBron James, 33, and CNN journalist Don Lemon, 52, on the night of August 3 after the two had an interview in which LeBron spoke his mind about Donald. In it, James said Trump enabled racists and used sports to divide the nation. "It's always been something that brings someone together".

In response, Trump tweeted "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

After watching that interview, President Donald Trump took a shot at Lemon and stated he made LeBron look smart, seemingly calling him stupid.

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Also that month, after Trump suggested that NFL players should be "fired" for "disrespecting the flag" when they take a knee or otherwise choose not to participate in the national anthem, James said Trump's conduct is unbecoming of someone in his position.

James has been critical of Trump on multiple occasions, and has supported players who've opted out of visiting the White House during the Trump presidency. This recent feud with the most powerful man in the world started when James accused Trump of dividing the nation through sports.

Interestingly enough, it appears that Trump was once a fan of James.

The four-time NBA MVP, 33, branded the USA leader " a bum" after he rescinded an invitation for NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House past year, amid doubts over whether some players - including star man Stephen Curry - would attend.

The NBA great admitted to having "jitters" before the opening, an event he said is "going to be one of the greatest moments - if not the greatest - of my life".

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