President Donald Trump has often voiced his disdain for professional athletes who kneel during the national anthem. While talking to press after his most recent game, LeBron James was asked about this, and he didn’t hold back.
Per ESPN, he said, “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game. And that’s all I got to say.” He added, “I already know where this could go, where it could lead to for tomorrow for me. I’m not going to get into it.”
James was vague at first, but he then opened up more about the upcoming election and Trump. He stated, “I think our game is in a beautiful position and we have fans all over the world and our fans not only love the way we play the game, we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game. But also respect what else we try to bring to the game and acknowledge it — what’s right and what’s wrong.”
“And I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, will see what leadership that 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 as Americans. If we continue to talk about, ‘We want better, we want change,’ we have an opportunity to do that. But the game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball: We could [not] care less.”