Trump hits back at LeBron James and Don Lemon over CNN interview
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, (CNN presenter) Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do," the president tweeted of the Los Angeles Lakers player.
"He’s kind of used sport to... divide us and that’s something I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white. You know?" said James, who on Monday opened an elementary school for at-risk youth in his native Akron, Ohio.
"We got your back @KingJames Someone sure sound like they wish they was you.", tweeted linebacker Bobby Wagner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
"I think (racism’s) always been there. But I think the president in charge now has given people -- they don’t care now, they throw it to your face," he said.
That echoed comments he made in January that Trump had "given people and racism... an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear."
Indeed, this week’s exchange is just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.
He was responding to remarks by then-Cavs star James and Warriors ace Stephen Curry, who both said they would not attend a White House reception.
Last year, Trump also withdrew an invitation to the NBA champions Warriors after Curry and several teammates indicated misgivings about attending a White House event.