Melania Trump Walks Back Support For LeBron James

LeBron James

President Donald Trump made no mention of LeBron during a rally in OH over the weekend, but it's safe to say that he's big mad.

Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham released a statement, stating that the First Lady believed that James was "working to do good things on behalf of our next generation".

While many former and current professional athletes jumped to James' defence, Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman noted that the first lady's Be Best initiative for children promoted "the importance of responsible online behaviour" as well as their well-being and healthy living.

James recently opened a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio for at-risk kids.

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In the interview, James said he "would never sit across" from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama.

Donald Trump insulted James on Friday night hours after CNN re-aired an interview with the basketball player and reporter Don Lemon.

National Basketball Association player Karl-Anthony Towns added in a tweet: "So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you anxious about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?" "He's doing an unbelievable job for his community", Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday. "He's doing an awesome job for his community".

The president's response came after James said in the interview that Trump was "using sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to".

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The I Promise School is the culmination of almost a decade of work by James' foundation, with its focus on educating children from challenging situations or backgrounds.

But James himself steered clear of the matter on social media, on Saturday tweeting only a picture of students at his new school with the message: "Let's get it kids!"

It added that Mrs Trump "would be open to visiting" James' new school.

In February, James explained why he was critical of the president: "While we cannot change what comes out of that man's mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, that this is not the way".

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In June, the latter said neither the Cleveland Cavaliers - James' previous team - nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited to the White House following the NBA Finals.

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