Melania backs basketball great James after Trump insults him

Annette Crawford
August 7, 2018

National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan and U.S. athletes rallied to LeBron James' defense on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the star player's intelligence in a tweet.

Earlier this week, LeBron James spoke to CNN's Don Lemon about racism, America, and Trump. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon", The Donald tweeted.

April 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Michael Jordan in attendance during the first half in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Villanova Wildcats at NRG Stadium.

James recently opened a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio for at-risk kids.

While NBA athletes, entertainers and politicians alike fired off a flurry of responses directed at the president, James' first tweet following Trump's diss made no mention of the former reality TV star turned politician.


Jordan issued a statement through his spokesperson to The Associated Press via text. If Trump thought Michael Jordan would be excited to be named as the basketball player preferred by the POTUS (or, perhaps, the only other player whose name Trump could remember) and throw some accolades back Trump's way, he missed his guess. He routinely deems Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who is also black, as "low IQ" - an insult he repeated during the OH rally Saturday night. Maybe Trump was upset at how LeBron said that he would not want to sit across from him, or Trump sought another opportunity to take a shot at what he calls "fake news".

"He is dividing us and what I noticed over the last few months is that he's kinda used sport to divide us and that's something I can't relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I was ever around someone white".

James has always been critical of Trump. The statement didn't criticize the president.

In June, Trump said that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers - James' previous team - nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited to the White House following the NBA Finals. "Who's the real dummy?"

That comment may have caused Trump to change his mind.

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