Former Kentucky basketball stars defend LeBron James after Trump tweet

Michael Jordan announces Tar Heels football will wear Jordan brand from now

"He is doing an unbelievable job for his community".

During a week in which James made headlines for opening a school in his hometown Akron, OH, Trump insulted the National Basketball Association star days after an interview aired on CNN.

James, who signed recently for the Los Angeles Lakers, was being interviewed about a school he recently opened for underpriviledged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, among other topics.

First his daughter Ivanka Trump labelled his immigration policy a "low point" for his administration and now his wife, Melania Trump has backed basketballer LeBron James after a nasty tweet from the US President.

LeBron James' first tweet after receiving a petty attack from Donald Trump had nothing to do with the president.

American football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted: "It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting USA president to take racist shots at Don Lemon and LeBron James".

Prior to Buss, Jordan also voiced his support of James. Lemon tweeted. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"




James has publicly criticized Trump before.

James described Trump as a "bum" following the furor. He said that Trump is using sports to divide Americans, and expressed a distaste for that method, instead suggesting sports should be one of the things that bring people together.

In June, Trump said that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers - James' previous team - nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited to the White House following the NBA Finals. Trump, meanwhile, is headed to OH, as he is set to hold a "Make America Great Again" rally in Lewis Center, just north of Columbus, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Indeed, this week's exchange is just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.

"I don't have to tell (asterisk) anyone (asterisk) what LeBron James means to Ohio, " Democrat Danny O'Connor tweeted.

"There's a lot of insults the president could have hurled at LeBron and Don Lemon, but it says something that the president openly questioned their intelligence".

Trump's rally lasted for more than an hour, and while he attacked Democrats and other familiar targets, he never mentioned the home-state hero. In a 2013 tweet, Trump wrote, "Lebron is a great player and a great guy!"

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