Lebron James is speaking on behalf of the NBA community about losing President Donald Trump as a viewer. According to the Los Angeles Lakers star, most of his fellow professional basketball players aren’t losing sleep over the matter.
During an interview on Wednesday, James received questions from reporters about President Trump not watching the league’s restart in the Orlando Bubble. “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game,” James said. “And that’s all I got to say.”
Lebron James’ comments come after President Donald Trump said he stops watching when players kneel during the anthem. He was asked about the kneeling controversy during an interview on Fox News.
“I think it’s disgraceful,” President Trump said. “We worked with [the NBA]. We worked with them very hard trying to get them opened. I was pushing them to get open. And then I see everybody kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. Let me tell you this, plenty of other people out there too.”
Lebron James Calls November Election a Referendum on President Donald Trump
James, 35, also spoke out about November’s upcoming presidential election. He states that this year’s election serves as a referendum on President Trump. “I think our game is in a beautiful position and we have fans all over the world and our fans not only love the way we play the game, we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game,” he said.
He continued by saying: “But also respect what else we try to bring to the game and acknowledge it — what’s right and what’s wrong. And I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, will see what leadership that we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans.”
[H/T The Hill]