The current Commander-in-Chief took the time to tweet a dissing message about NBA basketball player LeBron James, 33, and CNN journalist Don Lemon, 52, on the night of August 3 after the two had an interview in which LeBron spoke his mind about Donald. Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, the Friday night tweet was Trump's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron.
James has been outspoken about the current political climate, labeling Trump a "bum" and maintaining that the president has been using sports to divide Americans. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do".
The CNN interview aired on Monday, after James opened his school for disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Shortly before midnight, he made his thoughts known on what he thought of the LeBron-Lemon conversation.
"We got your back @KingJames Someone sure sound like they wish they was you.", tweeted linebacker Bobby Wagner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Trump also appears to say, in the same tweet, that he prefers Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan over James in terms of great basketball players.
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In June, Trump said that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers - James' previous team - nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited to the White House following the NBA Finals. "I'd sit across from Barack though", James said.
James has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past, and though Trump has sung James' praises many times, he took a completely different tone Friday. He called the president a "bum" a year ago, after Trump disinvited Stephen Curry from visiting the White House, though it's not clear that an invitation was ever formally extended to Curry and his Golden State Warrior teammates. During his interview with Lemon, James criticized Trump for sowing discord in America through sports with issues like kneeling during the national anthem.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify Trump's remarks.