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Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Melania praises LeBron James after Trump insults NBA star

Melania praises LeBron James after Trump insults NBA star

"Sports have never been something that divide people it's always been something that brings people together". But one major comment that may have sparked Trump's outburst was James' response when Lemon asked if he'd ever want to speak to the president.

The last three words were an obvious innuendo for the constant debate about LeBron James catching up or not with Michael Jordan's legacy.

US First Lady Melania Trump has backed basketball player LeBron James, hours after her husband made insulting remarks about him on Twitter.

"I don't think we should make much of it at all", Cross said of the statement. "He's doing an incredible job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

In the interview, which took place after James announced he was creating an elementary school to support at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, the Lakers star also accused the president of trying to use sport to divide America.

On the night of August 3, the president took to Twitter to slam LeBron and journalist Don Lemon after seeing an interview that LeBron gave to CNN about opening the school earlier in the week.

James said Trump is creating a wedge by using situations like National Football League player Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem and "uninviting" NBA star Steph Curry to the White House. She noted that the first lady's platform, centered around the "Be Best" initiative, includes "visiting organizations, hospitals and schools".

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 support LJ. He's doing an unbelievable job for his community.

James, meanwhile, did not join what is turning out a verbal war and instead on Saturday morning shared photos from the school he just opened. I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.

James' publicist declined to respond to Mr Trump's tweet, but on Saturday afternoon, James retweeted a post from the "I Promise" school and said: "Let's get it kids!"

In the interview, James reiterated his criticism of the president as racially insensitive.

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