LeBron James: Trump Is Using Sports to Try to Divide Us
NBA superstar LeBron James shared his thoughts on national anthem protests during the Cleveland Cavaliers media day on Monday.
"Everyone who had ... any association with the NFL yesterday was unbelievable," James said. "It was solidarity. There was no divide."
He alluded to Trump as "that guy that continues to try to divide us as people," and he said he's angry that Trump "used the sports platform to try to divide us."
At a rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump controversially called for NFL owners to terminate players who don't respect the anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. He is fired,’” Trump said.
The NFL wasn't the only sports league Trump had issues with in recent days.
On Saturday, Trump publicly disinvited the NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, from the customary visit to the White House because star player Steph Curry said he didn't want to go.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
James called Trump a "bum" and pointed out that Curry already made it clear he didn't want to go, so there was no invitation to withdraw.
"Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James wrote.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017