James not bothered about losing Trump as a viewer amid kneeling criticism – Reuters

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(Reuters) – LeBron James has said he has no qualms about losing U.S. President Donald Trump as a viewer as the Los Angeles Lakers forward defended NBA players for kneeling in protest before games.

FILE PHOTO: Aug 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with LeBron James #23 during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA teams have been protesting against racial injustice before games, with players wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts, bowing their heads and kneeling when the U.S. national anthem is played.

Trump told Fox News that he switches off the game when he sees players kneel, describing it as “disgraceful” and “not acceptable”.

“I really don’t think the basketball communi

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