Culture Beat / August 2, 2018

Divisive LeBron James Blames Divisiveness on Trump

James believes that Trump, not disgruntled athletes, brought on the ire of many sports fans.

Superstar basketball player LeBron James sat down for an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss the opening of his “I Promise School” in his home town of Akron, Ohio. We’re certainly glad to see James using his vast wealth to give back to the less fortunate. But in explaining his motivation for starting the school, which focuses on developing students both academically and athletically, James raised the issue of how “this race thing has taken over.” Why? Because, James insists, President Donald Trump is “dividing us.” James opined, “What I’ve noticed over the past few months [is] he’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to.” He further added, “Sports has never been something that divides people. It’s always been something that brings someone [sic] together.”

James displays a clear lack of knowledge of sports history. Part of the whole point of sports is that fans are divided over teams they fervently support. To be fair, that’s not his point; James is referring to political and social issues brought up in sports. But who exactly has been using sports as a divisive platform to express a negative view of the nation as a whole? Well, it ain’t Trump. How about Colin Kaepernick and his adolescent protesting during the national anthem, which spread like cancer through the rest of the NFL? Or how about James’s fellow NBA star — and Finals nemesis — Stephen Curry and his public decision to reject a visit to the White House before he even received an invitation?

It’s rich for James to wax eloquent about how divisive Trump is and how he himself is all about bringing people together, only to then assert in the same interview that he “would never sit across from him” when asked what he would say to Trump if he met him face to face. How inclusive. Clearly, James has exposed himself as nothing more than another wealthy leftist elitist who sees no contradiction in his refusal to meet or speak with the president while blaming that president for the very division he himself is causing.

Just as the mainstream media seeks to heap all the blame on Trump because much of the nation refuses to accept biased news, James sees a fanbase divided over the anti-American protests of entitled athletes and blames the guy least responsible — Trump.

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