Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
The tweet from Trump, which many on social media have pointed out has racial undertones, comes on the heels of the newly minted member of the Los Angeles Lakers criticizing the reality television star during an interview with Don Lemon on CNN. LeBron was on the network to discuss his recently opened I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
LeBron is a smart dude (and one of the most thoughtful athletes we have) - this is a bullshit tweet and feels more than a little racist. You’re a constant embarrassment. https://t.co/QxYpuyHsuW— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 4, 2018
"We are in a position right now in America [...] where this race thing has taken over, one because I believe our president is kind of trying to divide us," James told Lemon during the interview.
Making reference to the NFL anthem protests, James continued: "He's dividing us and what I've noticed over the last few months [...] he's kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends."
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
Check out some reactions from people on Twitter.com:
Re: that Trump tweet. That angers me beyond belief. I don’t want my future kids growing up in a world where two Black men, accomplished in their field, are called dumb because they disagree with your views. LeBron should be commended this week for his actions, not insulted.— Matt Barnes (@Matt_NBC4) August 4, 2018
Trump thinking LeBron is stupid is perfect because it proves, once and for all, that his only barometer for thinking someone is smart or good or talented is "liking Donald Trump."— TS% Eliot (@Cosmis) August 4, 2018
LeBron puts children through school.— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) August 4, 2018
Trump puts children in cages.
NBA Twitter showing up for LeBron James to defend him against Trump like pic.twitter.com/PqLzu3MXo7— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) August 4, 2018
The LeBron James Family Foundation just opened the 'I Promise School', for at-risk children in Akron, Ohio.— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) August 4, 2018
The Donald J. Trump Foundation is being sued by New York's Attorney-General, for 'persistent illegal conduct'.
I know who I'm riding with. https://t.co/yNGUhvcXxk
LeBron James just opened a school for at-risk children in Akron, Ohio.— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) August 4, 2018
Donald Trump doesn't know that the B in LeBron is capitalized.
You don’t want that smoke https://t.co/GHcXLuw7kz— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 4, 2018