Melania Praises LeBron James After Donald’s Racist Tweet
Melania Praises LeBron James After Donald’s Racist Tweet
Donald Trump attacks LeBron James in late-night tweet
07 August, 2018, 18:32
"He's doing an wonderful job for his community", Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday. "He's doing an wonderful job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.
Trump was referring to an interviewCNN's Lemon did in the days after James, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and his foundation had opened a public school for some of the most disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
In an interview with CNN, James said he thought the president had used sports to "divide" the U.S., adding it was something he "can't relate to".
The statement followed a Twitter rant on Friday from her husband in response to an interview James had given to CNN.
Trump's tweet comes less than a week after James opened the school in his home town of Akron, Ohio. Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement Saturday. She is someone who is married to Donald Trump. "Maybe you'd like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month", Grisham told CNN.
Mr. James, one of the most prominent athletes in the USA, has been critical of Mr. Trump for years.
The former National Basketball Association player took to Instagram to blast Donald Trump for his words and Michael Jordan for standing up and saying more for minorities, even though they are the ones who buy his shoes. It was the first lady and Trump daughter and top aide Ivanka Trump who urged the president to reverse course on family separations, the president said.
"Sports has never been something that divides people", James said.
"I can't sit back and say nothing", James said, explaining that sports should be used to unify.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham, a vocal Trump supporter, called James and fellow basketball star Kevin Durant ignorant and suggested they "shut up and dribble".
Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe accused Trump of racism, saying his tweet was "beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS".
Many tweeters suggested that Trump may have held out from criticising James until he moved away from OH, which is a crucial swing state for the President.
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A combination photo of NBA basketball player LeBron James (L) in Oakland, California January 16, 2013 and U.S. Lemon fired back Saturday morning, using first lady Melania Trump's anti-bullying campaign hashtag #BeBest.
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