LEBRON James hit back at Donald Trump for criticizing his Black Lives Matter protests, and scoffed at the president's comments about "doing more for black people."
The president called NBA players who were taking a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement "disgraceful" in a conversation with Fox News Wednesday.
"When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game," Trump said.
After Wednesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers forward said he doesn't think the NBA will miss Trump as a viewer.
"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said.
James, who has been extremely vocal in his support for BLM and often uses his platform to educate about racial injustice in the US, was also asked about the president's recent comments that he has done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves.
"Trying to make me laugh right now? I appreciate that," he said.
When the NBA made its return last week after a four-month hiatus sparked by the coronavirus outbreak, James led every player, coach and referee in kneeling for the anthem during the Lakers' first game back.
The team donned Black Lives Matter T-shirts and linked arms as they each took a knee.
James on Wednesday also spoke about the opportunity the NBA currently has to bring awareness to systemic racism in the US.
"Our game is in a beautiful position and we've got fans all over the world," he said. "…Our fans love and respect what we try to bring to the game, what's right and what's wrong."
"I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, will see what leadership that we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner and it's a big moment for us as Americans," he added.
Trump also took a shot at NBA ratings since the league has returned and insulted kneeling players in Major League Baseball while he was at it.
"The ratings for the basketball are way down," he said. "…I hear some others are way down, including baseball. Because all of the sudden, now baseball is in the act."
Despite the president's claims, both leagues, according to CBS News, are actually seeing above-average viewership since their respective seasons resumed.
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