Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Melania Praises LeBron James After Donald’s Racist Tweet

Melania Praises LeBron James After Donald’s Racist Tweet

"I support LeBron James", he said through a spokesman. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

President Trump faced renewed accusations of racism Saturday after mocking the intelligence of Lakers superstar LeBron James and broadcaster Don Lemon of CNN.

Critics pointed out that Mr Trump had completely ignored the fact the interview - conducted at James' "I Promise" school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio - was to showcase the basketball star's efforts to help at-risk children.

And in an interview with CNN this week, James told Lemon that Trump was "trying to divide our sport, but at the end of the day, sport is the reason why we all come together".

Interviewer Don Lemon criticised Mr Trump's tweet, and responded by referring to the separation of child migrants from their parents: "Who's the real dummy?"

To the sporting world and largely beyond, he's King James, but to President Trump, LeBron James' is no intellectual genius.

It's a message we can all get behind, and one that Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tried to relay with a tweet early Saturday morning.

"Sports was the first time I was ever around someone white", James said.

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Her statement comes after a back-and-forth between James and her husband.

He also argued that Mr Trump's actions had encouraged racists, saying: "I think [racism's] always been there".

The statement noted that Mrs. Trump has been promoting her Be Best campaign and talking to children about the "importance of responsible online behavior".

"Sports has never been something that divides people", Mr. James said during the interview.

Many, including professional athletes and the Republican governor of OH, were critical of Trump's statements.

Mr Trump's former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton backed Mr James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community". She noted that the first lady's platform, centered around the "Be Best" initiative, includes "visiting organizations, hospitals and schools".

Even Lebron's arch-enemy, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors who has beaten LeBron's Cavs three out of the past four years, was vocal in his support for King James.

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