The topic has to be toward the bottom of President Trump’s to do list what with denuclearizing the Korean Penninsula, ripping up NAFTA and the Iran Deal, not to mention goosing the economy and going for full employment, but the one that seems to get all the headlines and far more attention than it deserves is Trump’s take on sports figures taking a knee for the National Anthem.
He, like most Americans who recognize that the flag is a symbol of the nation and the protection provided by those who have offered their lives in exchange for the assurance of security and free speech, abhors the practice.
Well, this does not sit well with some of the more famous and full of themselves players in basketball, another sport where respect for decency and authority is considered optional. One LeBron James (he plays for the Lakers) especially. On Monday, he doubled down on his disgust.
“[Trump is] dividing us and what I’ve noticed over the last few months,” James told CNN before the official opening of his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. “He’s kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.”
He continued: “Sports has never been something that divides people it’s always been something that brings someone together.”
The three-time NBA champion was also asked whether he’d sit down with Trump, who James once called a “bum” for disinviting Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry from the White.
“I would never sit across from him. I’d sit across from Barack though,” he replied.
And the people who are publicly dissing the flag, nation, authority, and military in the name of free speech are not divisive?
Where do these people get the idea that their existence is so important they can say this and not be called out for it?
No, Mr. James. The president is not being divisive in pointing out the hypocrisy of monied individuals playing games dissing and disrespecting the very men and women who have offered their lives to defend the right to diss. That is the point that is constantly missed.
It’s one that players would do well to learn the importance of the concept before their seasons start.