LeBron de­fends Trump ‘bum’ jibe

African Independent - - SPORT -

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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