LeBron James has opened his school named “I Promise” to 240 third and fourth graders in his hometown Akron, Ohio. The school not only provides at-risk students (those struggling academically) with a better education, but also with free tuition; free uniforms; free breakfast, lunch, and snacks; free transportation within two miles; free tuition to University of Akron for all graduates; and even free bicycles and helmets. Although I Promise is currently only open to those in third and fourth grade, it will eventually have students from first to eighth grade by 2022. I Promise has longer school years and school days than most public schools in the United States with classes running from 9 am to 5 pm, and the school will be in session from July to May. During the summer, it will offer camps with a focus in STEM topics to keep students engaged academically.
After LeBron James appeared on CNN in an interview with Don Lemon to talk about his school, he was criticized by Donald Trump with the following tweet:
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
The two already had a history on Twitter where LeBron James called the President a “bum” after Donald Trump rescinded his invitation for Stephen Curry to visit the White House after winning the championship last year. In that tweet, LeBron added that “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” Perhaps Trump’s tweet was an attempt for Trump to get back at LeBron, but that came with much backlash from the sports community. Other NBA stars such as Donovan Mitchell came in LeBron’s defense, calling Trump an “insecure human being” on Twitter. Despite Trump hinting that Michael Jordan is still the GOAT, Jordan said in a public statement, “I support LJ,” adding that “He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
Don Lemon also had a response for Trump’s attack on LeBron James with the following tweet:
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) August 4, 2018
By “cages”, he is referring to how thousands of immigrant children are separated from their families after crossing the Mexico-United States border and are left in prison-like facilities. It is pretty bizarre how the President wants to take a shot at LeBron James after the three-time champion completed a highly charitable act. Maybe Trump was upset at how LeBron said that he would not want to sit across from him, or Trump sought another opportunity to take a shot at what he calls “fake news”. Whatever the case may be, Trump’s tweet has enraged much of the sports world.