LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump’s trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together. He sits down with @donlemon at the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Watch 10pET https://t.co/koTK4RarqE pic.twitter.com/CQYsTz2Fzl
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2018
LeBron James, one of the world’s most prominent athletes, believes President Donald Trump is using sports to try to divide Americans.
In an interview with Don Lemon (which is slated to air in full on CNN Monday night), the three-time NBA champion who recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers stated his belief that the president is using athletics to divide Americans.
“We are in a position right now in America…where this race thing has taken over,” James said. “Because I believe our president is kind of trying to divide us.”
“Kind of?” The CNN anchor said.
“Is,” James said, taking Lemon’s point. “I don’t want to say kind of.”
He added, “What I’ve noticed over the last few months is he’s kind of used sport to divide us.”
James didn’t mention any specifics but was more than likely alluding to the President’s outspoken opposition to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of racial and social injustice — as well as his attacks on championship teams and athletes who decline to visit the White House as has been recent custom.
Watch above, via CNN.
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