NBA Players Back LeBron In Controversy Over Trump Tweet On Intelligence

Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump arrives to joint press conference in Helsinki Finland July,16,2018

Sports smarts count. Off the court, James has started several businesses - a sports agency, a Hollywood production outfit - and become a meaningful philanthropist.

In that way, the issues intersect, but Trump and his conservative base have said the protest has shown disrespect for the flag and military, upturning the conversation into one about patriotism and sacrifice. But facts don't seem to bother this President.

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon", Mr. Trump tweeted late Friday night. Lemon's chief offense was apparently making James look smart, which Trump said "wasn't easy to do". It may be a reference to Michael Jordan, the NBA Hall-of-Famer whose legacy James is endlessly compared with. But nobody cared about Trump weighing in on that debate. Jordan's now his guy. The comment came ahead of an important special election for a House seat in James' home state, and could add a meaningful obstacle to Republican efforts to retain control of Congress. Stick to sports, so to say.

"Kind of?" Lemon said, followed by a chuckle.

Mr Trump is traveling to OH on Saturday (local time) for a campaign rally. I'm not his friend, though.

In the interview, James said he "would never sit across" from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama. "It's always been something that brings someone together".

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Last year, James was critical of Trump, calling him a "bum" when the President rescinded his invitation for the 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, after the Warriors said they would not accept an invitation.

LeBron James speaks at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, Monday, July 30, 2018.

Trump blasted James after seemingly watching an interview the former Cleveland Cavaliers star did earlier in the week with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive.

"Who's the real dummy?" James wrote on Twitter. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"

There aren't many people in the world who Donald Trump hasn't slagged off, let's face it.

And so, a miffed Trump fired back. Maybe he did some more planning on the I Promise School.

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