“Tweeters erupted in anger after President Donald Trump trashed NBA superstar LeBron James on Friday night:
`LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn`t easy to do. I like Mike!`
Trump used Twitter to bash both James and CNN host Don Lemon, after finally watching an interview between the pair that aired on Monday.
During the interview, James (who in July signed for the Los Angeles Lakers) accused Trump of enabling racists and using sports to divide the country.”
I was born in San Francisco, and in my 20`s I moved to Oakland. As a native San Franciscan I followed the San Francisco Giants closely, the fortunes of my Giants took a back seat only to my career and personal relationships.
When I moved to Oakland I found a good job in that blue collar city, and my loyalties were divided, I still bled orange and black, but I developed a fondness for the Oakland A`s.
I attended my games at the Oakland Coliseum, and I always wondered how many of my bleacher buddies had divided loyalties like me. San Francisco and Oakland are connected by the Oakland Bay Bridge, and there are some baseball fans in the Bay Area who root for both teams.
But I never wondered how many fans in the stadium were liberals like me, and how many were conservatives. For those three hours that we were at the ballpark, we weren`t liberals or conservatives, black or white, rich or poor, Christians or atheists, we were damn Oakland A`s fans.
Sports unifies a community like nothing else, when the Giants or the A`s wins the World Series you will see hundreds of thousands of citizens of every ethnicity, religion and social class celebrate together is the streets.
With his wizardry on the basketball court, King James unites the thousands fortunate enough to watch him play in person, and the millions who watch him on television.
Millions of kids who watch LeBron are colorblind to his ethnicity, it`s his mad skills that captivates them, and makes them want to be just like him.
LeBron is spot on, Trump enables racists and uses sports to divide the country. Instead of celebrating the athleticism of NFL players and the community work that many of them do, Trump demonizes the mostly black players who take a knee during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality and racial profiling.
That`s why millions of Americans want their children to grow up to be like LeBron a gifted athlete who is involved in many philanthropic enterprises, including building a school for at risk children in Akron.
And only the most deluded Trump supporters want their children to grow up to be like the orange racist moron.
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