Mrs. Trump spokeswoman: LeBron doing good things

Aug 06, 2018, 05:17
Mrs. Trump spokeswoman: LeBron doing good things

"I like Mike!" The last line was a vintage 1990s reference to National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan, and another burn by the president of James, who had told Lemon that Trump was "using sports to kind of divide us". "He's doing an awesome job for his community", Jordan said through a spokeswoman.

James, who signed recently for the Los Angeles Lakers, was being interviewed about a school he recently opened for underpriviledged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, among other topics.

During the interview, Lemon proceeded to ask James what he would say to the President if he were sitting in the same room at that very moment, to which James quickly replied, "I would never sit across from him". It said: "I support LeBron James".

On Friday, Trump tweeted about James and Lemon, who has also been critical of him in the past.

American football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted: "It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting U.S. president to take racist shots at Don Lemon and LeBron James". "I can't sit back and not say nothing", James said of Trump's actions. Trump's former rival Hillary Clinton backed James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community, and isn't afraid to speak his mind". Trump rescinded the invite after Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said he would not go. The interview was meant to discuss the opening of the school LeBron helped found, but the conversation quickly turned political.

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

Meanwhile, Jordan and first lady Melania Trump have also weighed in on the public conversation, and she's not here for her husband's pettiness. "I like Mike!", Donald's highly opinionated tweet read. Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham told James to "shut up and dribble", which led to James writing "I am more than an athlete" on his basketball shoes before an NBA game. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" he tweeted. "As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative". He just picked up on the fact that someone - a successful black man, no less - dared to criticize his demonstrably true practice of using professional sports to divide Americans.

The missive, sent from the White House at 10:37 p.m. Friday night, delivered nausea to decent people.

LeBron's sentiments obviously got under the Donald's skin but this isn't the first time the two have had some bad blood between them.