Donald Trump rips National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James hours before rally in Ohio

Brenda Watkins
August 4, 2018

"You know?" said James, who on Monday opened an elementary school for at-risk youth in his native Akron, Ohio.

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon aired earlier in the week, the LA Lakers star said Trump had stirred racial tensions in United States sports in an attempt to "divide" the nation.

Last year, James was critical of Trump, calling him a "bum" when the President rescinded his invitation for the 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, after the Warriors said they would not accept an invitation. Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker points out that before James started criticizing Trump, Trump used to be a fan.

Trump is traveling to OH on Saturday for a campaign rally.

He called Trump a "bum" last September after an invitation for the Golden State Warriors to come to the White House was rescinded. LeBron is originally from Akron and in the interview with Don, he talked about how important sports can be in a child's life and how he felt Donald was "using sports to kinda divide us".

James, who this month ended his second stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, has opened a public school for challenged children in his hometown.

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Trump responded to that interview with a tweet-attack directed at both men. A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?

And Geraldo Rivera, the journalist and Trump confidant, broke with the president to say he wished Trump "turned other cheek re KingJames & donlemon While I disagree with their conclusion that POTUS is using sports to divide America along racial lines, they're both honest & intelligent men".

Following his eighth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, James said he was still in "championship mode" as he headed into free agency.

In a segment aired on CNN, James was asked if he would ever sit down with Mr Trump.

Trump was so passionate about his take that he managed to get James' name wrong twice.

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