Among countless other scandals, Donald Trump's reign in office also includes a tenacious relationship with some of professional sports' biggest stars, including Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James. The most acute moment for James came when Trump attacked his intellect after an interview with CNN host, Don Lemon.
In a sit-down with the Hollywood Reporter, the newest Lakers star was asked about that insult and whether the Twitter tirades aim at him are bothersome. They are, but not how you might think:
Asked if it bothers him that the president called him dumb, James just laughs. "No, because I'm not," he says. "That's like somebody saying I can't play ball. That doesn't bother me at all. What bothers me is that he has time to even do that. He has the most powerful job in the world. Like, you really got this much time that you can comment on me?"
Later in THR interview, James showcased why when he addressed a Drake lyric—originally inspired by Kobe Bryant's marital problems—and how he flipped the sentiment behind it when venerating his own wife during a speech he gave at Harlem's Fashion Row gala in September. "We have been down since high school," James said. "I listen to a lot of rap music, and a good friend of mine said, 'You wasn't with me shooting in the gym.' But in all actuality, Savannah [James] was with me shooting in the gym when I [had] absolutely nothing."
When asked later if this was an implicit shot at Bryant, James told THR,, "I do know that when [Drake] said it, it was about Kobe Bryant, but Kobe Bryant wasn't even in my thoughts. [Savannah] was down when I was at my high school, no cameras, no lights. And she was there with me. You wouldn't be talking to me right now if it weren't for her. But I got way too much respect not only for Kobe but for Vanessa [to insult them]. That's so below me. That would have been like a Donald Trump remark."
Trump can rant and rave all he wants about LeBron James, but the Hollywood producer is too busy to mind.