“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,” Trump said in a statement.
“His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning.
“He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”
James has long been an outspoken advocate for racial equality and caused controversy when he tweeted about the death of 16-year-old girl Ma’Khia Bryant, who was shot by police in Ohio on the same day of the Chauvin verdict.
Bodycam footage of the incident showed Bryant brandishing a knife during a confrontation with other women, before officer Nicholas Reardon shot the teenager, firing four times.
He later deleted the tweet, then explained his decision.
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” James wrote on social media.
“I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate. This isn’t about one officer. It’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.
“ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
Trump isn’t James’ only critic. Jay Linneman, the owner of Linne’s Pub in Ohio, Cleveland, wrote he would not be televising any NBA games until the basketball legend is “expelled from the league”.
The Lakers star clearly didn’t care, sarcastically tweeting: “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”