LeBron James hits back at Trump over kneeling

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James in action for the club
Ernest Sunday

Los Angeles Lakers' superstar LeBron James has hit back at United States President Donald Trump after the President condemned the NBA stars who knelt during the national anthem.

James, who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist frowned at Trump's comment in an interview after their 105-86 loss against Oklahoma City as the NBA league restarts since lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.

Trump in an interview with Fox News said he diverts his attention whenever he sees the NBA players kneeling during the National Anthem.

"I think it’s disgraceful," Trump said. “We work with (the NBA). We work very hard, trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get free. And then I see everyone kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me.

"When I see them kneeling, I turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do, personally, is turn off the game."

LeBron James kneeling with his teammate during the national anthem

When James was asked about Trump's comment on the players Kneeling, he said that NBA players don't care about him watching the event.

"Trying to make me laugh right now? I appreciate that” James said.

Trump need not hurry to turn on the NBA again."

"I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game."
"The game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us who love the game of basketball, and we could care less."

James acknowledged the support of NBA fans around the world.

"Our game is in a beautiful position, and we’ve got fans all over the world,” James said. “Our fans love and respect what we try to bring to the game, what’s right and what’s wrong."

Trump equally dug at the NBA league, rating them lower than Major League Baseball.

"The ratings for the basketball are way down if you know. And I hear some others are way down, including baseball. Because all of a sudden, now baseball’s is in the act," Trump said.

"We have to stand up for our flag. We have to stand up for our country. We have to stand up for our anthem. And a lot of people agree with me.

“Hey, if I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election. OK. And that’s OK with me. But I will always stand for our country and for our flag."

James looked forward to the United States election on November 3, 2020, with the aim of voting for change.

"November is right around the corner, and it’s a big moment for us as Americans,” James said. “We talk about we want better, we want change, and we will have (that opportunity)."

The coach of Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers who wore a cap written "Vote" in the front also talked about Trump's comment earlier.

“Well, we lost one guy,” Rivers said of the reduced NBA viewership.

“We know that justice is on our side. This hat that I’m wearing is what our President is trying to get us to not to, which I think is just as disgraceful."

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