In a sit down interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, basketball star LeBron James opened up about how he feels President Trump is manipulatively using professional sports to deepen the racial divide in the country.
So far in Trump’s presidency, he’s attacked Black NFL players who have followed in Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps, disinvited the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, and riled up his angry base against Black athletes who use their voice to combat oppression.
"What I've noticed over the past few months," James told Lemon on Monday, “[is] he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to."
James said the many ways Trump has attempted to debase sports, which bring people together, has inspired him to use his influence to fight back.
"I can't sit back and say nothing," said James.
The Los Angeles Lakers' forward went on to detail how competitions allowed him to interact with people from all backgrounds.
"Sports was the first time I was ever around someone white," he revealed. "I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got the opportunity to learn about me ... And I was like, 'Oh wow, this is all because of sports.'"
Even now, the 33-year-old athlete wants to empower the next generation to learn and interact with all kinds of other kids, which partly inspired his opening of the I Promise School in Akron.
"We want every kid that walks through this school to be inspired, to come ... away with something, something where they can give back," said James. "For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares. And when they walk through that door, I hope they know that someone cares."
Near the end of the interview, James entertained a hypothetical situation in which he could stop Trump by running for president.
"Well, in that case, I may [run]," James said. "I believe there's someone else out there. I hope."
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