, Trump returns with message for LeBron, The Nzuchi Times

Trump returns with message for LeBron

, Trump returns with message for LeBron, The Nzuchi Times

He may not have said “shut up and dribble” but Donald Trump doesn’t want to hear from LeBron James on matters outside of basketball.

The former US President, who lost last year’s election to Joe Biden, came out swinging against James after the NBA icon weighed in on police brutality and racial injustice during the week.

“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!”

On Wednesday (AEDT) ex-police office Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, whose death last year sparked protests around the world as the Black Lives Matter movement exploded.

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.

, Trump returns with message for LeBron, The Nzuchi Times

After the Chauvin verdict, James tweeted one word — “accountability”. After Bryant’s death, he tweeted a photo of the officer involved in her shooting with the caption: “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.”

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.”

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