LeBron defends Trump ‘bum’ jibe
LEBRON James says he did not regret branding President Donald Trump a “bum”, accusing the US leader of dividing the nation in his feud with the sports world.
NBA star James had taken aim at Trump on Twitter on Saturday after the president withdrew a White House invitation to the champion Golden State Warriors and star player Stephen Curry.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote.
Asked if he regretted his choice of words on Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers star said: “No.”
In a press conference at the Cavaliers’ pre-season media day, James repeatedly referred to Trump as “that guy”, saying he had failed to bring the country together.
“First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone had any association with the NFL was unbelievable. There was no divide, even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people.
“We know this is the greatest country in the world, but we still have problems like everyone else.
“And when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way to come together and be as great as we can be as a people, because the people run this country, not one individual and damn sure not him,” he added, referring to Trump.
Trump’s reaction to NFL players who protested during the national anthem showed he did not know how to lead the nation, James added.
“He doesn’t understand that. That’s what makes me more sick than anything,” added James, insisting that Trump had misunderstood the nature of the NFL protests, which were launched to draw attention to racial injustice. – afp
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