LeBron James has criticized President Trump, accusing him of trying to divide the country by using sports as his focal point.
The new Los Angeles Lakers star said Trump created a wedge by capitalizing on the controversy surrounding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.
“[Trump is] dividing us and what I've noticed over the last few months,” James told CNN before the official opening of his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
“He's kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.”
The three-time NBA champion was also asked whether he’d sit down with Trump, who James once called a “bum” for disinviting Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry from the White.
“I would never sit across from him. I'd sit across from Barack though,” he replied.
James opened up the I Promise School on Monday, describing it as the most meaningful moment of his career. He told ESPN he wants “to create an environment of family and not like a workplace.”
“Sometimes you can get tired if you look at it like work -- you kind of get tired of it. We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be around your family,” he said.