The United States President, Donald Trump spoke on Fox and Friends on Wednesday and expressed his disgust and disapproval to players kneeling to protest against racism and police brutality. He called the NBA players disgraceful and claimed to have done more for the black community than Abraham Lincoln did.
In his own words, “I think it’s disgraceful. We work with the NBA, and we work hard, trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get open, and then I see them kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling, I turn off the game.i have no interest in the game”.
This is not the first time Trump is complaining about this gesture, and he has even dragged baseball players for it. He thinks it’s disrespectful to the national anthem. LeBron was asked for a response to Trump’s comment after Laker’s 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
“You trying to make me laugh right now? I don’t think the basketball community is sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game, and that’s all I got to say. I think our game is in a beautiful position and we have fans all over the world, our fans don’t only love the way we play the game, we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game.”
“But we also respect what else we try to bring to the game and acknowledge it-what is right and what is wrong. And I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, we will see what leadership we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us Americans”.
LeBron believes that the game of basketball can go without Trump’s eyes on it and that the association could care less. He has had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers(51-16), who also had sub-bar offensive performance while dropping the 2-2 in the Bubble in a defeat in which they don’t hold the lead for the first time all season.
“I think we had some great possessions,” James said. “I think sometimes we have some bad shot selection throughout these games, but I think we got some great looks. Our defense is pretty good. We only allowed the Thunder to shoot 43 percent from the field. We will get our rhythm and start making some.”
LeBron had always taken issues of social injustice, equality, and racism seriously, so clearly, Trump’s comment has shaken him up a bit but not entirely. He even talked about the death of George Floyd recently after their win against Utah Jazz. He had worn a warm-up t-shirt that carried the message “The World is Watching This Time.”
And at the back of the shirt were several stopwatches displaying the time 8:46, under each of these stopwatches were city names such as Tokyo, Houston, New York, and Paris. 8 minutes and 46 seconds is known to be the amount of time the police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck when they had arrested him.
In LeBron’s view, no one deserves to lose their lives like that, especially when it could be prevented. He said that being in the Bubble will opportunity cripple his efforts to speak against racism. It has instead allowed him and his teammates to voice out their concerns and address issues for the greater good.
“It’s given us the opportunity every single day to speak about, feel passionate about whatever is going on in your personal life, whatever is going on in society, us trying to make a change, being dynamic, being heard and using this platform which is the NBA, the most popular sports in the world.”
As things stand at the moment, it’s either Trump finds a way to stop issues of racial injustice, support these protests to bring a stop to the menace, or forever be remembered as the president who did not care about the lives of people of color. He seems not to care about losing the election in November, where is he getting his assurance from?