2018-07-31 15:01:20 UTC
LeBron James criticized President Trump on Monday, accusing him of trying to
divide the country by using sports as his focal point.
The new Los Angeles Lakers star said Trump created a wedge by capitalizing on
the controversy surrounding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin
Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.
[Trump is] dividing us and what Ive noticed over the last few months, James
told CNN before the official opening of his I Promise School in his hometown of
Akron, Ohio. Hes kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and thats something
that I cant relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was
around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them
and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.
He continued: Sports has never been something that divides people its always
been something that brings someone together.
The three-time NBA champion was also asked whether hed sit down with Trump,
whom James once called a bum for disinviting the Golden State Warriors from
the White House.
I would never sit across from him. Id sit across from Barack though, he
James opened up the I Promise School on Monday, describing it as the most
meaningful moment of his career. He told ESPN he wants to create an environment
of family and not like a workplace.
Sometimes you can get tired if you look at it like work you kind of get tired
of it. We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be
around your family, he said.