On Friday, President Donald Trump lashed out at NBA superstar LeBron James while speaking to Rush Limbaugh as a guest on his show.
During the interview, Trump touched on multiple subjects. Some included the COVID-19 pandemic, and FOX News treating him poorly compared to his earlier years in office. However, Trump did not hold back when he bashed the L.A. Lakers star. The president disapproved of James being a vocal critic of his and an avid supporter of Democrats and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“He’s a great basketball player, but people don’t want to see a guy that’s that way. They don’t want to see that. He’s a hater,” Trump said firmly. “You don’t want to sit down, watch a basketball game, and then watch somebody that hates your guts, okay?”
The Ongoing Feud Between Trump and the NBA
This was not the first time Trump has criticized James or the NBA. In fact, the president previously stated he wouldn’t pay attention to the restart of the season if players kneeled for the national anthem. When the restart began, the entire league took a knee during the anthem except a few players.
In late August, Trump addressed the NBA protests. He said he didn’t know much about the situation. However, he feels like “people are a little tired of the NBA, frankly.” Trump continued by saying he thinks the NBA is turning into a “political organization.” The president thinks it’s not good for America or for the fans.
When reporters asked the perennial All-Star about Trump’s comments, James did not seem too down about losing the president as a basketball fan.
“I really don’t think the basketball community is sad about losing his viewership,” said James at the time. “The game will go on without his eyes on it.”
The NBA Finals are in full swing with the Lakers leading the series 3-1. The franchise is one game away from winning its 17th NBA championship. The Lakers will face the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the finals Friday night.
[H/T Hollywood Reporter]