Opting to refer to Donald Trump as "that guy," LeBron James left no stones unturned today (September 25) during his around the horn formatted press conference during Cleveland Cavaliers' media day. "The people run this country," the superstar stated. "Not one individual. And damn sure not him."
Addressing his tweet from the over the weekend and the aftermath that has risen since, James, well aware of his crucial platform, unpacked his thoughts with plainspokenness.
LeBron on his 'U Bum' tweet pic.twitter.com/7N1iplqxqd— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 25, 2017
"First of all you (the President) don't understand the power that you have for being a leader of this beautiful country. He doesn't understand how many kids look up to the president for guidance, leadership, and encouragement," James stated. "That's what makes me so sickened. This is the number one position in the world, and we are at a time when the most powerful position in the world has the opportunity to bring us closer together as a people and inspire the youth, and put the youth at ease on saying that it is okay for me to walk down the street and not be judged because of the color of my skin or because of my race. And he has no recollection of that, and he doesn't even care."
James also reacted to this weekend's movement, where players joined together in solidarity following Trump's remarks. James applauded the players, coaches and NFL owners, describing the moment as "unbelievable."
"There was no divide, even from that guy that continues to divide us as people," he commented. "The thing that frustrated me and pissed me off is that he used the sports platform to divide us. Sports is so amazing, it's so amazing what sports can do for everyone. People find teams, players, color because of sport and they gravitate us. It brings people together like no other. I'm not going to let anyone use sport to divide us."
When asked if he plans to join in the #TakeAKnee protests during the upcoming NBA season, James explained that the cause is much bigger than the act. "My voice is way more important than my knee," he said. "It's not about the disrespect of the flag and our military, it's about equality and the freedom to speak about things they feel are unjust."