(WCMH) — LeBron James said President Donald Trump is using athletes and sports to divide the country, in an extensive interview with CNN.
“He’s dividing us,” the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. “And what I noticed over the last few months, that he’s kind of used sport to kind of divide us and that’s something that I can’t relate to.
“…I know that sport was the first time that I was around someone white, you know, and I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me,” James said. “We became very good friends and I was like oh wow, this is all because of sports. And sports has never been something that divides people. It’s always been something that brings someone together.”
Lemon asked James what he would say to the president if they were in the same room.
“I would never sit across from him.” James said.
James spoke to Lemon during the opening of his I Promise School in Akron.
“We want every kid that walks through this school to be inspired, to come … away with something, something where they can give back,” said James, who poured millions from his own pocket into the project. “For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares. And when they walk through that door, I hope they know that someone cares.”