LeBron James: Trump Is Using Sports to Try to Divide Us

Ruben Hill
September 27, 2017

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James has taken aim at US President Donald Trump and says he will not allow him to use sport as a platform to divide people.

On the NFL's response to Trump and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the kneeling protests past year to bring attention to police brutality against minorities.

In widespread protests at the weekend, players responded by kneeling, linking arms or staying in the locker room.

LeBron James on his "u bum" tweet about Trump " No [regret]. I'm not going to let one individual, no matter their power, ever use sport as a platform to divide us. "And damn sure not him". Even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people. No matter the shape or size or race or ethnicity or religion or whatever, people find teams, people find players, people find colors because of sport, and they just gravitate toward that, and it just makes them so happy.

"The thing that frustrated me; pissed me off; he was using the sports platform to divide us".

The 32-year-old laughed several times during his question-and-answer period, and there were more than a few moments when James' mood turned serious as he tackled his bitterness toward Trump, whom he attacked with his tweet during a weekend when US politics and sports collided.

"Even though this state voted for Trump, that doesn't stop me inspiring the people of this state and inspiring the youth", James said. And when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way how we come together and be as great as we can be as a people. "He doesn't understand that, and that's what makes me more sick than anything".

"I'm back in a winning environment", said Rose, who spent last season in NY.

"It's powerful what all these athletes are doing", James said.

The decision led to boos from certain sections of the stands and supporters have admitted to being conflicted about both the protest and the President's response.

"Why the national anthem and why the flag?" asked Goldman.

"I'm doing OK for myself, my family is doing OK", he said.

Rios added: "I served my country and I love my country". I don't want to see that on the note, he's not my friend.

LeBron James speaks with news media about Donald Trump's presidency and the departure from the Cavs of Kyrie Irving.

Additional reporting from IRN.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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