- President Donald Trump told “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning that he had “no interest in the game” as NBA players continued their protests against police brutality.
- The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James responded by saying the league didn’t care about losing his viewership.
- “The game will go on without his eyes on it,” James said. “I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball. We could care less.”
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LeBron James says he and the rest of the NBA do not care about losing the viewership of President Donald Trump.
Trump had continued his criticism of players choosing to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.
“When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game,” Trump said while calling into “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning. “I have no interest in the game.”
James didn’t seem to mind the comments.
“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership,” James said. “That’s all I’ve got to say. I don’t want to … I’m not going to get into it. ‘Cause already know where this could go, where it could lead to tomorrow for me. I’m not going to get into it.”
“I think that 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 – we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game – but also respect what else we try to bring to the game and acknowledge what’s right and what’s wrong.
“And I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the colour, no matter the size, see what leadership we have at the top of the country, and understand that November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans. If we continue to talk about what we want better, what we want changed, we have the opportunity to do that.”
James concluded by reiterating that he didn’t mind whether Trump changed the channel.
“The game will go on without his eyes on it,” James said. “I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball. We could care less.”
Lakers’ LeBron James on President Trump saying kneeling NBA players are a “disgrace”: “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership. … November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/m8G3KQAWsd
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 6, 2020
It’s not the first time James has dismissed Trump’s criticisms of the NBA.
After Trump attempted to disinvite the Golden State Warriors from a White House visit, James responded by calling the president a “bum” and reminding him that the Warriors had already declined the invitation.
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