Michael Jordan Sides With LeBron After Trump’s Insult

Aug 05, 2018, 09:32
Michael Jordan Sides With LeBron After Trump’s Insult

"I support LJ. He's doing an unbelievable job for his community", Jordan told NBC News through a spokesperson.

"He's doing an wonderful job for his community", Jordan, now owner of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets, told NBC News through a spokesperson.

The interview focused on James' contributions to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, including a new public school for at-risk third- and fourth-graders there.

CNN anchor Don Lemon replied to Mr Trump's tweet, asking: "Who's the real dummy?"

Donald Trump has taunted National Basketball Association player LeBron James over his intelligence, claiming it "isn't easy" to make him "look smart".

One of the great debates in sports is the generational battle between Jordan and James as the greatest basketball player of all time.

Trump had no reaction to that tweet, and beat writer for Cleveland.com Joe Vardon - who has covered James extensively - suggested that the president choosing to respond on this occasion has some political reasoning.

Lemon responded to Trump's tweet on Saturday morning.

It is not clear who Trump meant when he said "I like Mike!"

He said: "I support LeBron James". Lemon's interview with James only made direct mention of Trump at the end of the hour-long interview.

"I don't have to tell (asterisk) anyone (asterisk) what LeBron James means to Ohio, " Democrat Danny O'Connor tweeted. Trump's remarks included his belief that Michael Jordan was the superior player.

In the wide-ranging one-on-one interview which was first aired on Monday with a repeat brodcast on Friday, Lemon asked James: "What would you say to the [US] president if he was sitting right here?" Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker points out that before James started criticizing Trump, Trump used to be a fan. "And just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today". Not one word or follow-up that takes issue with anything either man has actually said.

LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School.

"There's a lot of insults the president could have hurled at LeBron and Don Lemon, but it says something that the president openly questioned their intelligence".

Utah Jazz star guard and noted good guy Donovan Mitchell thought Trump's tweet was a sign of insecurity.