Melania Trump backs National Basketball Association star LeBron James after Trump insults

Lebron James and Donald Trump

"[LeBron James]. He's doing an unbelievable job for his community".

On Friday night, the President tweeted about CNN anchor Don Lemon's interview with James, writing, "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

President Trump labeled CNN's Dom Lemon as the "dumbest man on television" after his interview with LeBron James in a weird tweet that ended, 'I like Mike!'

Trump happened to see the interview on Friday, and the president blasted both James and Lemon in a tweet posted just before midnight.

A day after her husband took a shot at LeBron James over Twitter - First Lady Melania Trump offered a much warmer take on the Los Angeles Lakers superstar through a White House spokesperson on Saturday.

This week, LeBron James opened The I Promise School, a fully-funded public elementary school catering to 240 at-risk teenagers in Akron, Ohio.

Even NBA icon Michael Jordan - known for his reluctance to comment on political and societal matters in his prime - weighed in, after Trump closed his tweet saying "I like Mike!"

The statement didn't criticize the president.

Trump had apparently watched the rebroadcast of the interview, which originally aired Monday, CNN said. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"

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Mr. James, one of the most prominent athletes in the US, has been critical of Mr. Trump for years.

To the sporting world and largely beyond, he's King James, but to the US President Donald Trump, LeBron James is no intellectual genius. "I like Mike!" the president said.

Along with Jordan, a number of other athletes spoke out in support of James.

James, meanwhile, did not join what is turning out a verbal war and instead on Saturday morning shared photos from the school he just opened.

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"What I've noticed over the past few months, [is] he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to", James told Lemon.

A number of athletes are jumping in to defend National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James after President Donald Trump insulted his intelligence.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe accused Trump of racism, saying his tweet was "beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS".

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