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Amid his bellyaching about Fox News not treating him as well as it once did and false claims about the novel coronavirus, Trump blasted the Los Angeles Lakers superstar for being an outspoken critic of his and a supporter of Democrats and Black Lives Matter.
“He’s a great basketball player, but people don’t want to see a guy that’s that way. They don’t want to see that. … He’s a hater,” Trump said, according to reporters listening to the show. “You don’t want to sit down, watch a basketball game, and then watch somebody that hates your guts, okay,” he added.
Trump previously said he would not be watching any games once the NBA season resumed because players were peacefully protesting during the National Anthem. James was fine with that.
“I really don’t think the basketball community is sad about losing his viewership,” James said then. “The game will go on without his eyes on it.”
The Lakers are one game away from winning the NBA Finals. Los Angeles takes on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the finals Friday night.
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