Melania Trump Praises LeBron James After Donald Trump Disses him

Virginia Santiago
August 8, 2018

"I support LJ", Jordan said in a statement. "He's doing an incredible job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

"Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron", Grisham added. He called Lemon "the dumbest man on television" and said he "made Lebron [sic] look smart, which isn't easy to do".

James is considered by many to be the greatest player in basketball history, rivaled by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

Melania Trump broke sharply with her husband on Saturday, after the president maligned National Basketball Association star LeBron James' intelligence on Twitter late Friday night.

Lemon responded Saturday morning by calling out the Trump's controversial immigration policies.

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For all the good LeBron James did this week with the opening of the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, for at-risk students, he's simultaneously embroiled in a bit of controversy.

BBC North America reporter Anthony Zurcher suggests the first lady's statement contains veiled criticism of her husband's tweet.

He acknowledged his support of James, sure, but he in no way admonished the President for his racist attack on Lemon and James.

"What I've noticed over the past few months ... he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to", James said.

Many tweeters suggested that Trump may have held out from criticising James until he moved away from OH, which is a crucial swing state for the President. "I can't sit back and not say nothing", James said of Trump's actions.

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A number of athletes jumped in to defend James.

James has always been critical of Trump.

This is the second recent instance of the first lady has issuing a public statement that seems to counter the president. Be Best has three main pillars, according to its page on the White House website, with one being social-media use.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star has repeatedly clashed with the President, and on Monday said he would refuse to ever sit face to face with him.

Trump's Twitter post came hours before he was due to hold an election rally in Ohio, James's home state, ahead of a special congressional election on Tuesday - the last major partisan electoral test before the November midterms.

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