Sports analyst Skip Bayless took to Twitter to make a provocative claim that someone close to basketball star LeBron James told him that he has seriously considered running for President of the United States.
FYI: I heard today from someone close to LeBron who said he HAS seriously considered running for President of the United States some day. “It’s a plan of his but not yet a goal,” the source said.
Lebron James is well known for his negative view of President Trump and the two have traded barbs on Twitter.
in July of 2018, James criticized President Trump, accusing him of trying to divide the country by using sports as his focal point.
The new Los Angeles Lakers star said Trump created a wedge by capitalizing on the controversy surrounding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.
“[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 House.
“I would never sit across from him. I’d sit across from Barack though,” he replied.
Some Twitter users mocked Bayless for the ambiguity of his claim.
— Eian (@mulvane16) February 22, 2020
— Tre Mckay (@MckayTre) February 22, 2020
I highly doubt that anyone close to LeBron is telling you anything ✌️
— Ryan Barrett (@Harbsy_25) February 22, 2020
— Glen Zariczny (@glenz_27) February 22, 2020