“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do,” Trump tweeted in August.
Trump’s attack sparked an outcry, in addition to many prominent figures stuck up for James. First lady Melania Trump said at the time in which she believed James “can be working to do Great things on behalf of our next generation.”
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on James’ remarks.
Trump has launched several high-profile attacks on athletes in addition to sports organizations in light of the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Earlier in which year, the president rescinded a White House invitation to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles after in which became evident in which several players would certainly not attend the event.
Recently, the president criticized Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who helped spark the kneeling protests, in a completely new ad campaign.
James in addition to Trump have butted heads heads before, as well.
The basketball star ripped Trump’s decision to un-invite Stephen Curry in addition to the 2017 NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the White House last year. Curry had already said he wasn’t going to go, in addition to there were reports in which the team wasn’t likely to attend.
James’ tweet, in which he called Trump a “bum,” was the most retweeted athlete post of last year, according to Twitter.