NBA star Lebron James apparently took a subtle jab at President Trump, sporting a pair of alternating white and black sneakers featuring the word ‘Equality’ sprawled out in bright gold across the back.
He wore them during a contest against the Washington Wizards Sunday night.
The media immediately fawned over the Trump-bashing as a “powerful message,” as if the President is “opposed” to equality.
— BarDown (@BarDown) December 18, 2017
While he never mentioned the President by name, it was clear the sneakers were a message directly to Trump.
“Obviously, we know where we are right now and we know who’s at the helm here,” he said in discussing the message he was trying to convey.
LeBron James explains why he wore the black and white Nike Equality 15s against the Washington Wizards on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/917PzwP65V
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“This is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” James said after the game.
CBS News also reported that “his choice of footwear was related to the game being played about a mile from President Trump’s White House.”
LeBron James wears “equality” shoes — one black, one white, with “equality” in gold capital letters — during game, saying afterward his choice of footwear was related to the game being played about a mile from President Trump’s White House https://t.co/2Bw883DiIF pic.twitter.com/Hz937vMHSM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 18, 2017
James may be a four-time NBA champion and perpetual winner on the basketball court, but he’s been nothing but a hardcore, sore loser when it comes to politics. He backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and has been a consistent source of anti-Trump material since.
He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as part of a montage of athletes who whined when the President blasted athletes who took a knee during the National Anthem.
In September, he famously blasted Trump by calling him a “bum” when the President rescinded an invitation to fellow NBA star, Steph Curry.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
James later defended the comment by saying friends call each other bum all the time, but reminded Trump that he’s “not his friend.”
I’m sure that, and Lebron’s ‘equality’ sneakers are really going to keep the President up at night.
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