LeBron James praises Beto O'Rourke's comments on NFL player protests
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NBA superstar LeBron James on Thursday praised Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) defense of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

“A Must Watch!!! Salute @BetoORourke for the candid thoughtful words!” James tweeted in response to a video showing O’Rourke defending NFL players who protest during the national anthem.



The video, which has gone viral in recent days, shows O’Rourke saying he can “think of nothing more American” than the protests. He was responding to a question at a town hall about whether he found the protests disrespectful.


O’Rourke, who is running for Senate, notes in the video that the protests are meant to bring attention to African-Americans who are "being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement without accountability and without justice."

The video gained popularity days after Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE (R-Texas), O’Rourke’s opponent, brought attention to the comments by attacking O’Rourke for making them.

“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can,” Cruz said on Saturday during a campaign stop, according to The Caller Times. Cruz then reportedly noted that service members regularly salute the flag when the anthem is played.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE has criticized the NFL protests, saying recently that players who kneel should be suspended without pay.

James is a frequent critic of Trump. In an interview last month with CNN's Don Lemon, he said he believed Trump has used sports to divide Americans. Trump responded by disparaging James’s intelligence, writing on Twitter that Lemon “made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”