LeBron James: ‘I’m Not Getting Fired’ for His Comments About Donald Trump
NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant said Sunday that they won’t be fired over comments they made about Donald Trump.
“It was a stupid comment, but we will not be fired,” James said on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” on CBS.
“I’m not getting fired.”
The comments came as the two athletes appeared in a campaign ad for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been critical of Trump and his administration.
“I think you can be racist and ignorant,” James told the ad, which featured Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.
“Donald Trump has made racism, misogyny and anti-Semitism a defining feature of his administration,” the ad says.
“He has shown no remorse for his comments about the disabled and others.
This president needs to stand up to the bullies, instead of trying to silence them.
We are a nation of immigrants and immigrants of all faiths and none.”
Durant added: “We are not going to stand for bigotry, we will stand for truth and justice.
If we don’t stand up for our fellow Americans, then we are going to have to be punished.”
James and Durant have been outspoken on social media about Trump’s presidency and the controversy surrounding the NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.
The athletes’ comments were criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike.
“LeBron James and the NBA should be ashamed of themselves,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.
“The NBA should stand up and stand by its players and not hide behind political correctness,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker, who also has criticized the comments.
Former president Bill Clinton has also called for the players to be fired, while Trump has said he’ll let the league do its own investigation into the matter.
The league has been in the middle of an investigation since the start of the season, with league officials saying there is no evidence to support any collusion between Trump and Russia.