Washington, D.C, United States — NBA star, Lebron James laughs of Trump’s criticism of NBA players taking a knee.
The star said that the league will not miss Donald Trump’s viewership after he criticized players for kneeling during the national anthem.
As the season resumed last week, following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, every NBA player knelt during the national anthem while wearing “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts. The NBA players have been vocal in their calls for social justice regarding the recent situations.
However, Trump said in an interview with Fox Wednesday that it was “not acceptable” for athletes to take a knee. He continued that he’d been an advocate for the sport to resume amid the pandemic.
Apart from this, he also repeated his claim that no-one, apart from possibly Abraham Lincoln, had done more to help the Black community.
When the Los Angeles Lakers star James was told of Trump’s comments, he said, “Are you trying to make me laugh right now?”
“I really don’t think the basketball community [is] sad about losing his viewership.”
James also encouraged people to use November’s election race as a chance to vote for “change.”
“I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter their sides, see what leadership that we have at the top of our country and understand that November is right around the corner, and it’s a big moment for us as Americans,” he said.
“If we continue to talk about what we want better, we want change, we have an opportunity to do that.
“But the game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball. We [couldn’t] care less.”
James continued to call for more change while acknowledging that the NBA had been supportive of the BLM movement.