WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Trump mocked LeBron James’ intelligence in a tweet in August.
- LeBron James says that Trump’s words don’t really bother him, though he thinks its concerning that the president has the time to tweet on it.
- Trump initiated attacks against athletes and sports organizations in light of the kneeling protests that sparked controversy in the NFL.
Back in August, President Trump insulted LeBron James’ intelligence in a tweet. “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”
The NBA superstar isn’t really bothered.
James said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “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?”
This tweet was part of several high-profile attacks that Trump launched on athletes and sports organizations. This is following the controversy sparked over NFL players protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
Many prominent figures stood up for James against Trump’s tweet. During that time, even first lady Melania Trump said she believed that James “is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation.”
Other acts by Trump against athletes include rescinding a White House invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles after it became obvious that several players wouldn’t attend, criticizing Nike’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who helped set off the kneeling protests.
When Trump also decided to take back the White House Invitation to Stephen Curry and the 2017 NBA champion Golden State Warriors, James went to Twitter, calling Trump a “bum”. According to the social media website, James’ tweet was the athlete post that was most retweeted last year.