Athletes, fans slam Donald Trump for insulting LeBron James
05 August, 2018, 07:47 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.
"I support LJ. He's doing an wonderful job for his community", Jordan said in a statement provided to The Washington Post by a spokesperson.
Trump tweeted his thoughts Friday (Aug. 3) following CNN's re-airing of Don Lemon's interview with James where he talked about his I Promise School, which helps 240 children with programs dedicated to accelerated learning. The Lebron James Family Foundation is partnering with Akron (Ohio) Public Schools, is for "students in Akron who need it most". In the tweet, Trump also appeared to take sides in the LeBron James vs.
The LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate has officially reached the Oval Office, though President Donald Trump doesn't seem to be making his choice based on basketball reasons.
Previously, CNN aired a segment in which the three-time National Basketball Association champion was asked whether he'd sit down with Trump, who James once called a "bum" for disinviting Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry from the White House.
James tweeted Saturday about the I Promise school, saying "Love you guys".
While a host of people have now spoken out against Donald Trump in his attack on LeBron James - including now Melania Trump - LeBron himself has yet to weigh in. "Not shocked it happened during a week where LeBron literally opened a school for at-risk kids".
Many, including professional athletes and the Republican governor of OH, were critical of Trump's statements.
"U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!" I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got an opportunity to learn about me, and we became very good friends.
Former Kentucky Wildcat Karl-Anthony Towns, now a center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, also came to James's defense, tweeting "Stop using them Twitter fingers and get stuff done for our country with that pen".
Trump and James have long traded jibes on social media.
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He was responding to remarks by then-Cavs star James and Curry, who both said they would not attend a White House reception.
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