LeBron James says he ‘[couldn’t] care less’ if Trump doesn’t watch the NBA anymore, after the president announced he’d no longer be watching the sport.
Trump’s decision came after many basketball teams have been kneeling during the national anthem in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, a move the President dubbed as ‘disgraceful’.
When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do, personally, is turn off the game. And the ratings for the basketball are way down, if you know. And I hear some others are way down, including baseball. Because all of the sudden, now baseball’s is in the act [of kneeling].
We have to stand up for our flag. We have to stand up for our country. We have to stand up for our anthem. And a lot of people agree with me. Hey, if I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election. OK. And that’s OK with me. But I will always stand for our country and for our flag.
However, Lebron doesn’t seem to fussed, stating that he and the rest of the basketball world aren’t exactly bothered by the president’s absence from the sport.
James told reporters on August 5:
I really don’t think the basketball community is sad about losing his viewership. That’s all I got to say. I already know where this could go, where it could lead to tomorrow for me. I’m not going to get into it, but I think our game is in a beautiful position and we have fans all over the world. Our fans not only love the way we play the game, we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game, but also respect, what else we try to bring to the game in acknowledging what’s right and what’s wrong.
I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the colour, no matter the size, will see what leadership we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner. It’s a big moment for us as Americans.
The game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball, we [couldn’t] care less.
Something tells me Trump won’t be too bothered…
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