LeBron James has scathing words about President Trump and the state of America.


By BREAKING NEWS - October 27, 2021

 


A day after a violent mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election, Lakers star LeBron James delivered a stinging denunciation of President Trump.

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Following the Lakers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, James said of Trump, "The events that went place yesterday [were] a direct correlation, the president that's in the seat right now, of his acts, his beliefs, his wishes." "He is only concerned about himself." Nobody. There is no one. He is unconcerned about the country. He is unconcerned about his family... And we've seen the tweets that have accompanied this entire road to the annihilation of yesterday's events.

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“Those events were because of him.”

James, a Trump critic since his election, said the assault on the Capitol on Wednesday was a response to the president's hatred.

“You have the same problems that we do in America. The house is filled with hatred. “Everything that happens in the house stems from people hating and hating and hating,” James explained. "And, clearly, that came from the president, who is currently residing in that mansion."

Players and coaches from across the league have expressed their displeasure this week, not only with Trump, who has been a vocal critic of athletes and their on-court activism but also with Wisconsin's decision not to charge the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back during an attempted arrest last summer in Kenosha.

Before Thursday's game against the Spurs, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich slammed Trump supporters like Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for attempting to overturn the final electoral college tally (R-Texas).

"Hawley is a sham. This entitled, educated individual is intelligent, just like Ted Cruz, but they add gasoline to Trump's fire. They're worse than Trump because they're not sick, according to Popovich. "Mr. Trump is not in good health. These are rational folks. However, their self-interest, avarice, and desire for power outweigh their love of the nation, feeling of responsibility to the Constitution, and commitment to public service. And one would think that after those incidents yesterday, they'd do a mea culpa like [GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia], despite the fact that it was also amusing.

“But they doubled down and still went and did it as if we’re all stupid. Sometimes smart people think everybody else is stupid. And they don’t think that we can see that they did this for their own personal reasons so they can keep the base, but it’s going to backfire on them.”

James and his Lakers co-star Anthony Davis both talked passionately about the contrast between photos from recent Black Lives Matter protests and those from Wednesday's violence at the Capitol, when five people were killed, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.

For a variety of reasons, Davis said he was irritated during the game, and that frustration led to his knocking over a cart with a cooler on top during the second half of Thursday's game.

"I was frustrated with our defense tonight, and I was frustrated with myself for missing two free throws, so I just walked over and knocked a freaking cart over." "It was a mix of a lot of things," he explained. 

During racial justice protests in Long Beach last May, James and Davis compared a photograph of a man smiling after grabbing a lectern inside the Capitol with one of a parent and daughter standing in front of officers with firearms drawn.

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"Once the looting begins, the shooting begins," Davis warned, referring to a famous Trump tweet. "And, as far as I'm aware, taking something is considered looting. And they were escorted out the front door in that instance. And it's nothing more than a slap in the face to us.

"We seem to be going backward." "Just when we thought we were seeing progress, something happened." 

The words "Do you understand now?" were emblazoned on the front of James' shirt. His shoes were also emblazoned with the same message.

When asked what advice he would provide to folks who still don't "get it," James advised them to listen to Black voices.

"You don't see that when we come out of our homes, our project buildings, or our flats, we're terrified to death right away because we're fearful of the cops." "That's how I grew up," James explained. "You ran the other way when you saw the cops." You didn't have the impression that you were being protected. It never felt like you were being protected. We won't be able to persuade you." 

James lashed out at cultural appropriation and inequity while lamenting the events of Wednesday in America.

"They'll tell me, 'OK, you should shut up and dribble,' which I've heard before — but I'm not going to do it." That is something I will never do. "You have so many other options, so many players are in other leagues," they'll add, "but that's just peanuts [compared] to what goes on in this country," they'll say. Jame 

"It was simply a very terrible and, I'd just say, an embarrassing day for us yesterday." For instance, I was raised to believe that America was the land of the free and the home of the brave. And we're setting an example for all these other countries across the world in terms of how to run things, how to be great, and how to maneuver and influence the world and things like that.

"And we looked like a Third, Fourth, or Fifth World country yesterday." It's simply humiliating. I'm hoping we can improve." 

Steps forward were accomplished in November, when Biden and Kamala Harris defeated Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to James, who helped found the voting rights organization More Than a Vote. However, harm has been done, and in ways that cannot be undone.

"Time is the one thing you can't get back in life, the one thing you'll never get back." "You can't go back in time," James explained. "We've essentially just squandered four years of our lives." How are we going to make that money back?

"How are we going to recuperate that?" 


LeBron James becomes the first player in NBA history to make $1 billion in earnings:

Following the success of 'Space Jam: A New Legacy,' which grossed $31 million at the box office, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has been named the first player in NBA history to earn $1 billion in career earnings while still playing, according to Sportivo. That's no minor accomplishment, and it demonstrates James' versatility in ventures and endorsements off the court.

Since being chosen in 2003, LeBron has earned $330 million in playing pay, as well as $700 million in endorsements, retail, licensing, and media, according to Sportivo. His endorsements with AT&T, Beats, Blaze Pizza, GMC, PepsiCo, Rimowa, and Walmart alone generate more than $100 million per year. That's on top of the millions he earns through his sponsorship with Nike, which he signed a lifetime deal with in 2016 and brings in $30 million each year.

Not only is LeBron the first active player in NBA history to accomplish that milestone, but he's also only the sixth athlete in the world to do so, joining Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Roger Federer on the list. Kevin Durant, with $580 million in lifetime earnings, is the next closest NBA player to him, followed by Stephen Curry with $430 million. 

James has achieved a feat that no other team sport athlete in the United States has ever accomplished, but he won't be the last. Durant, for example, is just $420 million shies of reaching that milestone. According to Sportivo, he owes the Nets $84 million on his contract, and his shoe agreement with Nike is projected to pay him roughly $85 million until 2024. His investing transactions, which he runs through his firm Thirty-Five Ventures, bring him a lot of money, and if he can stay fit, he may play for another five to seven years. 

Looking ahead even further, the next generation of NBA superstars might reach that figure even sooner, with players like Luka Doncic and Trae Young expected to earn hundreds of millions of dollars on their next contract. NBA players have figured out how to generate a large amount of money outside of just playing basketball, thanks to trademark shoe lines, partnerships with other firms, and personal branding. Younger players can now look at LeBron and realize that his off-court success has been even more meaningful than what he's done on the court, thanks to James — and Jordan before him — who pioneered a lot of it for younger players to strive and mimic.
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