Basketball megastar LeBron James addressed the President’s inflammatory attacks on black athletes who kneel during the national anthem during the NBA’s Media Day, praising former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a stand against racism and police brutality.
“I salute Colin Kaepernick for being as powerful as he was, and being the one that had to fall on the sword unfortunately, and I hate that … I wish I owned an NFL team right now, I’d sign him today.”
He didn’t shy away from addressing the President again, just two days after calling him a “bum” in a viral Twitter post:
“It wasn’t a name call … it was like ‘You bum!’ Me and my friends call each other that all the time. I’m not his friend though.
The thing that frustrated me and pissed me off is that he used the sports platform to divide us. Sport and sports is so amazing, what sports can do for everyone, no matter the shape, or size, or race, or ethnicity, or religion — or whatever. People find teams, people find payers, people find colors because of sport and they just gravitate toward that and it makes people so happy. And it brings people together like none other.
But James saved his most powerful condemnation for last, calling out the President for failing to rise to the responsibilities of the office and for failing to adequately govern this nation.
“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country. He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the President of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement.
The people run this country, not one individual — and damn sure not him.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Watch his remarks here:
LeBron James w/ no regrets about his "U Bum" tweet towards president Donald Trump: "He doesn't understand the power that he has." pic.twitter.com/Ibv3y2kfLN
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 25, 2017
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