Michael Jordan says 'I support' LeBron James after Trump attack

Michael Jordan says 'I support' LeBron James after Trump attack

Michael Jordan says 'I support' LeBron James after Trump attack

The title refers to a comment Fox News' Laura Ingraham made in February after the Golden State Warriors declined an invitation to the White House after winning the NBA Finals. Now, James is turning the insult into a sharp retort.

LeBron James will be an executive producer on the Showtime docu-series "Shut Up and Dribble", the network announced Monday. "So keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble".

The series traces the modern history of the league and its players, starting with the 1976 merger of the freewheeling American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association, exploring how the top players have expanded their reach off the court in fields such as business and fashion while becoming icons in the process.

Trump tweeted on Friday - though he denied watching Lemon interview James about the opening of James' free school for at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio - that "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

The tweet was quickly condemned, or at least heavily shaded, in most corners of the internet.

Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, Trump's tweet was the president's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

From NFL players taking a knee on the field in protest of racial injustice to President Trump insulting LeBron James on Twitter, athletes have become increasingly entwined in politics over the past few years.

Come October, James, Chopra, and the rest of the team assembled for Shut Up and Dribble will show Ingraham, Donald, and the rest of the world the important role that athletes can play in bringing about change.

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