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LeBron James says the people run US not Trump

NO REGRETS: LeBron James

NBA STAR LeBron James has said that he does not regret calling President Trump a “bum”, and believes the US leader is dividing the nation in his feud with the sports world.

James took aim at Trump on Twitter on Saturday (Sep 23) after the president withdrew a White House invitation to Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry.

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote.

Asked if he regretted his choice of words on Monday (Sep 25), the Cleveland Cavaliers star gave a blunt response: “No.”

“First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone had any association with the NFL was unbelievable,” James told reporters at NBA Media Day.

“We know this is the greatest country in the world, this is the land of the free. But we still have problems just like everybody else. And when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way to come together and be as great as we can be as a people."

Trump’s reaction to NFL players who protest during the national anthem showed he did not know how to lead the nation, James added.

“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country. He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the President of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement.

“He doesn’t understand that. That’s what makes me more sick than anything,” added James, noting that Trump had misunderstood the nature of the NFL protests, which were launched by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to draw attention to racial injustice.

“It’s powerful what all these athletes are doing. It’s not about disrespect for the flag and military and people who served,” he said. “It’s about equality and having the option and freedom to speak about things they feel are unjust.”

James meanwhile did not rule out the possibility of similar protests by NBA players next month when the league resumes.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if something trickled down to the NBA if no change happened between now and (October) the 17th.”

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