The Hill reports that NBA star LeBron James criticized President Trump on Monday after comments made on both Twitter and in a speech. Trump's comments began over the weekend when NFL Sunday football took a political turn after a majority of players protested the national anthem. Protests began last year when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, and they were dramatically escalated in the aftermath of Trump's comments.
"If you voted for him or not, you may have made a mistake, and that's okay," he said.
"If you voted for him, it's okay. I mean I've done things for my kids and realized I shouldn't have given my daughter that many d*** Skittles. Maybe I shouldn't have done that. She won't go to sleep now."
“The people run this country. Not one individual — and d*** sure not him,” James said of Trump, before defending professional athletes' right to speak out about politics.
“I will lend my voice, I will lend my passion, I will lend my money, I will lend my resources to my youth and my inner city and outside of my inner city so that these kids know there is hope, there is greater walks of life,” he said.
He continued, “Not one individual, no matter if it’s the president of the United States or someone in your household, can stop your dreams from becoming reality.”
Although the media is siding with NFL protesters, average Americans are more often than not siding with those who wish to stand during the national anthem. For instance, earlier today it was reported that Steelers fans are retaliating against their team's so-called "disrespecting" of the American flag. Many fans posted videos of them burning their Steelers gear and even threatening to boycott the Steelers and the NFL.
Another example can be seen by the actions of one lawmaker in Louisiana, who threatened to cut funding to the New Orleans Saints, the NFL, and all associated facilities that receive funding. Havard's announcement came one day after a group of Saints players protested during Sunday's national anthem.
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