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LeBron James Sidesteps Trump Diss, Celebrates New School Instead

Newest Laker doesn’t trade barbs in first public comments since Trump called him dumb

LeBron James has tweeted his first words since President Trump dissed him on Twitter — and the hoops superstar celebrated the opening of a new school rather than fan the flames on Saturday morning.

Instead, James simply retweeted a message from his newly-minted school, saying “Let’s get it kids! Love you guys.”

James opened the “I Promise” school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, earlier in the week — providing 240 students with a myriad of benefits, including free meals and a new bicycle.

But the president wasn’t talking about James’ philanthropy on Friday night. Trump responded to an interview between James and CNN’s Don Lemon, who Trump dubbed the “dumbest man on television.” Trump tweeted that Lemon “made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.” He even jumped back to the early 90s, referencing Gatorade’s Michael Jordan ads by adding “I like Mike!”


Trump was apparently miffed by James telling Lemon he “would never sit across from” the president.

And while LeBron took a detente approach, Lemon called out Trump on Saturday morning. “Who’s the real dummy?” Lemon tweeted, attaching a link to his interview in which James discussed the new school for at-risk youth he launched in his native Akron, Ohio. “A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?”

In related news, LeBron James just changed from playing for a swing-state team to a heavily blue state.