James blames the president for making hate “fashionable again.”
LeBron James addressed 7,500 children from his hometown of Akron, Ohio, at an event sponsored by the LeBron James Family Foundation on Aug. 15. While the NBA star has previously criticized Donald Trump for the president’s reluctance to speak out against white nationalism following the violence in Charlottesville, James largely used this forum to speak on healing and love.
LeBron James is speaking out. https://t.co/NyDfWP0urE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1502897709.0
Here are his exact words from that address.
LeBron's full comments on Charlottesville: https://t.co/FJJCT8rkiN— Dave McMenamin (@Dave McMenamin) 1502847347.0
Later that same day, James singled out Trump, asserting that his refusal to condemn the white supremacists is complicit in making hate “fashionable again.” It’s perhaps the most direct and pointed political criticism James has made in a career full of public statements on social issues.
Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!— LeBron James (@LeBron James) 1502830440.0
When it comes to hardline stances, speaking out passionately against hate is only divisive to those who practice it; many are applauding James for his strong words.
“Obviously, we are very proud of LeBron James and what he had to say. We appreciate where he’s coming from.” —Step… https://t.co/Cz2YMws4MO— First Take (@First Take) 1502892631.0
@KingJames Like if this your GOAT https://t.co/153UQyJeMH— Karmer (@Karmer) 1502830480.0