Trump insults basketball star LeBron James

LeBron James speaks to the media during the grand opening of the I Promise School

LeBron James speaks to the media during the grand opening of the I Promise School

Michael Jordan spoke out Saturday in support of LeBron James after President Trump insulted James' intelligence in a tweet late Friday. "It's always been something that brings someone together", he said.

Earlier this week, James told CNN during an interview with Don Lemon that sport had offered him the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and race. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do", he wrote, and then apparently took a side in the James vs. Michael Jordan debate.

"I support LJ", Jordan, now the owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement released through his publicist. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community". "You know?" said James, who on Monday opened an elementary school for at-risk youth in his native Akron, Ohio.

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Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Anthony Tolliver called the president's statements an "embarrassment".

The attack was responding to an interview in which James had some mildly critical things to say about the thin-skinned US president. The basketball star recently opened an I Promise School for low income and at-risk kids in OH, inspired by his own upbringing.

Jordan joins a collection of current and former National Basketball Association players who defended James. "Who's the real dummy?", the CNN anchor tweeted Saturday.

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"Lemon ended the tweet with the hashtag "#BeBest", a reference to Melania's initiative focusing on children.

LeBron doesn't appear to be taking the bait from the president.

It came after the LA Lakers star accused Mr Trump of being divisive in a CNN interview.

In this July 30, 2018 file photo, LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.

In 2013, Mr Trump tweeted: "Lebron is a great player and a great guy!" James tweeted at the time.

And of course, no cycle of Trump shade is complete without Pete Souza, the former White House photographer for President Barack Obama, weighing in with a deep cut from his archives.

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