Former President Donald Trump put out a statement on Thursday slamming NBA star LeBron James for his reaction to the officer-involved shooting in Ohio earlier this week, calling the language he used “divisive” and “racist.”
NEW: President Trump releases a statement ripping LeBron James:
"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!" pic.twitter.com/fIOxJ27dMB
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 23, 2021
“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,” said Trump. “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!”
James had come under intense criticism following his initial reaction to the police shooting of an armed teenager in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday. James shared a picture of the officer involved with a threatening message, then deleted the tweet hours later.
Trump is right on the money. Celebrities and athletes like LeBron James have been abusing their platforms and spreading messages of hate, intolerance, and unrest to millions of people, stirring the pot and adding to the division in our nation.
If they aren’t going to use their platforms responsibly, perhaps they shouldn’t use it at all.