LeBron James has made it clear he does not like President Trump. He just made it abundantly clear that he’s not crazy about his supporters either. Especially those wearing a MAGA hat.
In a video clip from this weekend’s Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, James, standing on the sideline during a timeout, makes eye contact with a likely Trump supporter in the front row wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The man holds out his hands, asking for the hand towel James just used and is about to throw away. Rather than give it to the fan (which happens often) he tosses it past him, deliberately denying his request. At least, that’s how it appears. Some said James did not see the fan, but others insist he did. James has not commented on the incident.
Read this coverage of the incident from The Root, a left-wing news website for the black community. they not only celebrate James’ response, check out how they characterize the MAGA hat, referring to it as the “Ku Klux Klan Hood of 2018.”
On Saturday, as the Cleveland Cavaliers were laying a full-body smackdown on the Boston Celtics, James went to the sideline, where he wiped his face. An old white man wearing the new Ku Klux Klan hood of 2018, aka a red “Make America Great Again” hat, held his hand to ask James for his sweat-soaked towel. James looked at the man and then threw the towel beyond his reach.
Two things stand out in this moment: The first is, isn’t it just like a “MAGA” cuckold to openly despise people of color while wearing Kanye West’s favorite accessory and simultaneously wanting the sweat-stained rag of a black man? And second, James will never be here for your white nationalist, tiki-torch-wielding, white supremacy bullshit.
James has feuded with President Trump since the election, when the former NBA MVP endorsed Hillary Clinton. He even made campaign appearances for her in Ohio, to no avail – Trump won the state.
Since then, James has called the President a “bum” on Twitter and blasted him when he rescinded an offer to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the traditional visit to the White House, after players said they would boycott a visit to protest him.
James also said, in an interview, that Trump doesn’t care about the little guy. “The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a (expletive) about the people.”
“I never felt I could be the president of the United States, but I grabbed inspiration from that. And this time right now, with the president of the United States, it’s at a bad time. And while we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, (that) this is not the way.”
Here is the video from the game of James’ slight. Also included in the video are James’ statements from last year slamming President Trump.
That’s just petty, LeBron.
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