SportsPulse: LeBron James addressed recent comments by Donald Trump in which he called NBA players ̵6;shy’ for kneeling during the anthem.
President Donald Trump called NBA players “too bad” and “too dumb” in a radio interview Tuesday as he expressed his disapproval of league players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
For the resumed NBA season in Orlando, Florida, all but two players have knelt down during the national anthem. Players also wore T-shirts with messages related to the Black Lives Matter movement written on the back.
“Kneeling (during the national anthem) has been terrible for basketball,” Trump told Fox Sports’ Outkick Coverage.
“They’ve had terrible ratings, low numbers. People are angry about it. They have a lot of politics with guys like me. There was a pity for the NBA with the way it was done (protesting). The NBA is in trouble. , bigger problems than they realize “
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Visibility for the first full week of bubble games near Orlando, Florida, where 22 teams got a restarted season, dropped 4% from the pre-break league average. But it was 14% above average after the first weekend – according to Sport Media Watch.
In Tuesday’s interview, host Clay Travis asked Trump if he was aware some NBA players had criticized the president for his thoughts on their protests. Trump replied, “No, I did not notice them sending me (criticism) for me. I will not be surprised. There are some very, very, very bad, honestly very dumb (players). I did not notice. him. ”
Trump’s feud with NBA players extends to the early stages of his presidency, when he invited then-NBA champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House in 2017, prompting LeBron James to call Trump a “flag”.
James recently laughed at Trump criticism of NBA players who knelt down when Trump considered him “embarrassing,” saying last week: “I really do not think the basketball community (is) sad about losing visibility (of Trump). “
James has been outspoken about the Black Lives Matter movement and has used his platform to regularly express his political and social views.
At the end of the interview on Tuesday, Travis asked Trump who he would choose – James or Michael Jordan, as the greatest basketball player of all time. Trump did not hesitate.
“Michael Jordan,” Trump replied. “I look like both. Michael is, plus he was not political, so people like him better.”