Michael Jordan voices support for LeBron after Trump insult
Basketball legend Michael Jordan on Saturday expressed his support for LeBron James following President Trump’s tweet targeting the NBA star.
“I support L.J.,” Jordan told NBC News through a spokesperson. “He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
Jordan voiced his support for James after the president late Friday questioned the former Cleveland Cavaliers star’s intelligence following an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
During the interview, which focused on James’s new school for at-risk children that opened this week, the NBA star said that Trump is using sports to try to “divide” the U.S.
“LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump tweeted Friday night. “He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”
Trump added in his tweet “I like Mike!” — apparently weighing in on the long-standing debate over whether James or Jordan is a better player.
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2018
The president has repeatedly clashed with athletes and sports organizations, and feuded with James last year over his comments on the Golden State Warriors being disinvited from the White House.
James, who has criticized Trump in the past, opened his “I Promise” elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, this week. The school is slated to serve more than 200 at-risk children and their families.