INDEPENDENCE, Ohio –? LeBron James on Monday addressed President Donald Trump’s comments on sports and protests, talking extensively about the issue and the NFL’s response?in the? Cleveland Cavaliers?superstar’s latest display of social consciousness.
“First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone who had any association with the NFL was unbelievable,” James said. “There was no divide. Even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people.
“The thing that frustrated me, pissed me off: He was using the sports platform to divide us. Sports is so amazing, what sports can do for everyone, no matter shape, size, race. It brings people together like no other. I’m not going to let one individual, no matter the power, the impact he should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us.”
Trump’s comments ended up prompting James to come to the side of? Stephen Curry?and the Golden State Warriors — the Cavs’ rivals who beat Cleveland in two of the past three NBA Finals.
Referring to Trump as “that guy” on several occasions during his 43-minute news conference, James elaborated on the tweet he posted on Saturday in which he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his invitation to the Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House. This, of course, came after James referred to Trump as the “so-called president” in August.
James’ tweet has been retweeted more than 650,000 times — more than any other tweet ever sent by James.
James said he did not regret the tweet and said that referring to someone as a bum was not what he would define as name-calling.
“Name-calling?” James replied when asked if he had any regrets about how he characterized Trump. “What’d I say? That’s not a name-call. ‘You bum.’ Me and my friends call each other that all the time. I’m not his friend, though. I don’t want to see that on the note. He’s not my friend.”
Trump suggested that NFL players should be “fired”…