Donald Trump questions LeBron James' intelligence
Trump's first comments about the NFL and players who protest during the anthem came later that month.
To the sporting world and largely beyond, he's King James, but to President Trump, LeBron James' is no intellectual genius.
In a tweet, Trump took aim at two of his regular critics, James and cable TV news personality Don Lemon. His tweet called Lemon the "the dumbest man on television," and then said Lemon "made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do."
James -- who last month announced his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time, this time to come to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers -- gave an interview with Lemon on Monday, in large part to tout a new elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children.
"Sports has never been something that divides people," James said during the interview. "It's always been something that brings someone together."
James has previously criticized Trump on several occasions, supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election and calling Trump a "bum" in September 2017 after the president rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after winning the NBA title.
"Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James tweeted at the time.
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