Throughout a wide-ranging interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon aired Monday, the NBA celebrity mentioned he believes Trump has used sports activities to show folks in the US in opposition to one another.
“We’re ready proper now in America […] the place this race factor has taken over,” James mentioned. “As a result of I imagine our president is form of attempting to divide us. What I’ve seen over the previous few months [is] he is kinda used sports activities to kinda divide us, and that is one thing that I can not relate to.”
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Throughout his time in workplace, Trump has been immersed in quite a few sports-related points, most notably the continuing nationwide anthem protests. Trump has been adamant that NFL gamers ought to be pressured to face in the course of the anthem or be topic to suspension, which triggered the passing of a brand new coverage that has since been challenged by the NFLPA.
Trump additionally withdrew White Home invites to the Eagles and Warriors following their championship-winning seasons after quite a few gamers selected to not be concerned within the conventional go to.
James, who additionally opened his I Promise Faculty in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, on Monday, credited sports activities with introducing him to new folks and defined how the surroundings helped form the best way he interacted with these from totally different backgrounds.
“Sports activities was the primary time I used to be ever round somebody white,” James mentioned. “I received a possibility to see them and study them, they usually received the chance to study me, and we develop into excellent pals. And I used to be like, ‘Oh wow, that is all due to sports activities.'”