LeBron James Explains How Donald Trump Uses Sports to Divide Americans

| JUL 31, 2018 | 5:12 PM

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NBA superstar, LeBron James, opened up about President Donald Trump in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon on Monday, and he offered a unique insight into one of the president's favorite fronts in a growing culture war.

“When you're a part of sports, it just brings so much camaraderie and so much fun,” James said on the importance of athletics in the lives of American youth. 

“We are in a position right now in America, more importantly, where this whole race thing has taken over,” he said. “Because, one, because I think our president is trying to divide us.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

“And what I've noticed over the last few months, that he's kind of used sport to kind of divide us,” he said. “And that's something that I can't relate to because I know that sport was the first time that I ever was around someone white.”

“And sports has never been something that divides people, it's always been something that brings people together,” he added.

Since taking office, Trump has frequently latched onto social and political issues within the NFL and the NBA to rally his base.

In the NFL, Trump has targeted players who protest during the National Anthem by kneeling, even going so far as to call out specific players by name on Twitter.

At a September 2017 rally in Alabama, Trump expressed how he believed NFL owners should deal with players staging protests. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,'“ Trump said. ”'Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

In the NBA, Trump took issue with Golden State Warriors star, Steph Curry, suggesting that the team was unlikely to take part in a traditional White House visit after winning a championship.

“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

LeBron James responded to Trump's comments at the time, but explained his stance further in his Monday interview:

“We all know Steph Curry. Model citizen, great kid, comes from a great background, great family, great father,” James said, highlighting how many children of all races look up to the player.

“There's no reason for anyone to ever attack him,” he explained.