Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

LeBron James once again wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion on President Donald Trump.

In a new “Uninterrupted” video in which Cari Champion serves as an Uber driver for LeBron and Kevin Durant, James chimed in again on today’s increasingly divisive political environment and the polarizing commander-in-chief.

“The climate is hot,” James said. “The No. 1 job in America … is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f— about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked (up to) for inspiration. It was the President of the United States, it was whoever was the best in sports, and then it was like the greatest musician at the time. You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration from them.”

James added that Trump’s penchant for unrestrained talk is both comical and frightening.

“It’s at a bad time,” James said. “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: ‘This is not the way.’ It’s not even a surprise when he says something. It’s like laughable. It’s laughable and it’s scary.”

Durant didn’t hold back either.

“When we’re talking about leadership, and what’s going on in our country, it’s all about leadership,” Durant said. “You need to empower people, you need to encourage people. And that’s what builds a great team. And I feel like our team as a country is not ran by a great coach.”

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You can always trust Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to say what’s on his mind. And, as usual, he didn’t hesitate to point the finger at the current U.S. administration.

Kerr was asked about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would feel about the current climate in America. He responded by saying Dr. King would be “less than inspired by the leadership in our country,” according to Mark Medina of The Mercury News.

Several coaches have spoken out against the White House, pinpointing the controversy that constantly seeps out, igniting trouble on all sides. One of the causes has been use of social media, something Kerr sees as providing easy access to negative views.

“I do think social media has something to do with that,” Kerr said. “I really do. There’s so much anger on social media and there’s such a forum now for everybody to just display this anger without repercussion. Just sit behind your keyboard and tell everybody whatever vulgar and profane thing you want to say. You’re free from repercussion, and, yet, you’re sending this anger and vile out into the atmosphere. There’s a lot of that included in what’s happening right now. Then there are those that express that vile openly without thought or repercussion.”

Earlier this season, Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told reporters he would likely skip on visiting the White House, to which President Donald Trump took offense. Trump then tweeted his official withdrawal of the Warriors’ invitation, creating an uproar from NBA players and coaches angered by the gesture.

 
 

LeBron James spoke Monday about late civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr.

“I hope I could make him proud or made him proud,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on the 50th celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Just taking what he was able to give to us and give us that type of empowerment, give us that type of strength to be able to go out and talk about things that really matter.

“Be able to live for something that’s more than you as an individual. So hopefully I would be one of those guys that made him proud. Hopefully, I’m making him proud still with him looking down on us.”

James, who is vocal when it comes to social issues, remembers King as someone who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of equality for everyone.

“You always hear people saying, ‘risking their life.’ He actually gave up his life for the betterment of all of us to be able to live in a free world and for us to be able to have a voice, for us to go out and be free no matter your skin color, no matter who you are, no matter the height and size and the weight or whatever the case may be, wherever you are,” James said.

“He had a vision and he took a bullet for all of us. Literally. In the rawest form that you could say that. He literally took a bullet for us. And for us to stand here even though we’re trying to be divided right now by somebody, today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be at one.”

Gregg Popovich continues to use his platform to call out injustice and racism.

The San Antonio Spurs head coach started on a positive note Monday by praising the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of his team’s MLK Day matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.

“Dr. King, he was truly a person who was interested in making America great for everyone,” Popovich told New York Daily News’ Carron J. Phillips.

“He understood that racism was our national sin, and if everybody didn’t come together it would bring everybody down, including white people. That promise that he basically demanded for America to fill from way back then is what put us on the road to make America great.”

The former U.S. Air Force officer noted the country has made progress, but not enough.

“We all know the situation now,” Popovich continued. “And I think (King would) be a very, very sad man to see that a lot of his efforts have been held up and torn down. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at the Voting Rights Act or the ridiculous number of people of color who are incarcerated. …

“(Racism) is insidious and it’s still our national sin that we have to work on.”

Popovich has long been critical of President Donald Trump, and it was no different Monday. The future Hall of Fame coach took issue with Trump reportedly referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” and then dubbing himself “the least racist” person.

“You can argue that he is or he isn’t (racist), but … he certainly is willing to wield race like a weapon and use it for his own purposes, whether it’s Charlottesville, or whether it’s the comment he just made, or that you can’t believe what they’re finding in Hawaii about Obama’s birth certificate,” Popovich said.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri also spoke out against Trump’s crude immigration remarks. Golden State Warriorscoach Steve Kerr said earlier in the day that Dr. King would be “less than inspired” by the nation’s current leadership.

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri had some strong words regarding President Donald Trump’s latest racially charged controversy Friday.

“I went to visit the refugee camp in Dadaab (Kenya),” Ujiri told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski of a recent visit to Africa. “And I met good people and good families with plenty of hope. If those places are being referred to as shitholes, go visit those places, and go meet those people.”

Trump came under fire on Thursday when, in a meeting, he allegedly referred to various developing nations as “shithole countries” and asked why more immigrants don’t come from Norway. While Trump later denied making the remarks, Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin – who was in the meeting – said he did.

Ujiri, 47, was born in Nigeria and moved to North Dakota in his early 20s to play college basketball. He’s since moved up the ranks to become one of the most highly regarded executives in the NBA. He remains heavily involved with the NBA Africa program and charitable endeavors.

“Just because someone lives in a hut, that doesn’t mean that isn’t a good person, that that person can’t do better, that person isn’t capable of being great,” Ujiri said. “And just because it’s a hut, whatever that means, doesn’t mean it’s not a home. God doesn’t put anyone someplace permanently. I am a living testimony to that. If I grew up in a shithole, I am proud of my shithole.”

The developing feud between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball isn’t Steve Kerr’s cup of tea.

Trump and Ball began a war of words over the weekend as a result of the former claiming credit for freeing three UCLA players, including Ball’s son LiAngelo, from detainment in China for alleged shoplifting. The players thanked Trump, but the Ball patriarch dismissed the role he played in liberating the trio, leading the president to state he “should have left them in jail.

While plenty were shocked by the U.S. head of state’s quotes, Kerr is simply tired of hearing about both outspoken individuals.

“Modern life … Two people seeking attention and they’re both getting it. I’m sure both guys are really happy. We know it would help if all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible?” he asked the media during a scrum Sunday, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “You could probably stop covering LaVar; I don’t think you can stop covering the president.

“It would be nice for all of us if both of them could just be quiet. Wouldn’t that be great?”

It isn’t the first time the Golden State Warriors head coach has expressed frustration with either Trump or Ball.

In March, prior to the Los Angeles Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball, Kerr warned LaVar his constant bragging wouldn’t do his sons any favors. Kerr has also been public about his dissatisfaction with Trump, including in May, when he opined that the 71-year-old “couldn’t be more ill-suited to be president.”

As the Astros prepared to parade through the streets of Houston on Friday to celebrate the franchise’s first-ever World Series title, manager A.J. Hinch wouldn’t definitively say whether his team would accept a potential invitation to the White House.

“We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Hinch told the Associated Press. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.”

Several of his players, however, had no such reservations about expressing their willingness to visit with President Donald Trump, who’s hosted several championship teams at the White House since assuming office but famously uninvited the Golden State Warriors in September because Steph Curryhesitated to accept his offer. (At the time, the Warriors had yet to actually receive a formal invitation to the White House).

“I’m going to go,” Dallas Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and former American League Cy Young Award winner, told Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle.

Meanwhile, George Springer, who was named World Series MVP after going 11-for-29 (.379) with five home runs – tying a Fall Classic record – in his club’s showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he wouldn’t sit out the visit if the team collectively decided to go.

“If the team goes I’m going,” Springer told the Associated Press. “I’m not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. … I understand the stuff that’s been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn’t anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I’ll go.”

Alex Bregman, the 23-year-old third baseman who tweeted in October that Trump “is a joke,” said he would defer to the judgment of two of his more veteran teammates with respect to the decision.

“How do I feel about it? Umm. I don’t know,” Bregman told Atkins. “I’m gonna do whatever Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa do.”