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Sport Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump's Twitter tirades target LeBron, NFL

23:55  10 august  2018
23:55  10 august  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

President Donald Trump tweets crack about LeBron James' intelligence while watching CNN

  President Donald Trump tweets crack about LeBron James' intelligence while watching CNN Oh, and the president also said that he liked Michael Jordan.Trump apparently was watching his favorite (and we use that word loosely) cable TV network, CNN, and came upon James being interviewed by anchor/reporter Don Lemon.

Последние твиты от Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump). 45th President of the United States of America🇺🇸. Washington, DC. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers jumped in to defend Curry, calling Trump “u bum” and The escalation in the White House’s war with professional sports figures over issues of race and The NFL commissioner was also the subject of Trump ’ s Twitter ire before the former reality TV star and

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“That rhetoric is all based in some longstanding racism in terms of black men with a voice in power. Unfortunately, that’s being revealed more and more as the days go on.” - Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors

Last week, LeBron James unveiled his I Promise School, a new, state-of-the-art public school for at-risk youth in his native Akron. In the process of publicizing his good deed, James criticized President Donald Trump, whom he accused of using sports to create discord and division. Last Friday night, Trump struck back in a tweet where he questioned the athlete's intelligence, as well as that of Don Lemon and Rep. Maxine Waters (notably, all three of them are black). The president of the United States then weighed in on the LeBron vs. Michael Jordan, saying that he "liked Mike."

Michael Jordan responds to President Trump's comments on LeBron James

  Michael Jordan responds to President Trump's comments on LeBron James Jordan came to James' defense Saturday saying, "I support LJ. He's doing an amazing job for his community."After Trump watched CNN anchor/reporter Don Lemon interview James, he tweeted late Friday, "LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do.

“Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics , like they tell us to stick to sports ?” he wrote. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said LeBron James has nearly twice as many followers as President Trump on Twitter .

Clay Travis, a Fox Sports contributor, tweeted: “ Sports media’ s outraged over Trump NFL anthem comments. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is friends with Mr. Trump and whose politics have been a cause of much speculation, joined his teammates in LeBron James’ s Retort: ‘U Bum.’ SEPT.

The backlash to Trump was immediate. Fellow basketballers like Donovan Mitchell and Elena Delle Donne (speaking of which, no other league has been more vocal about using its platform than the WNBA, gaining fans in the process) were quick to come at King James' defense. Two-time league MVP Steph Curry took it even further, accusing Trump of racism. Also siding with James were Aaron Rodgers, his new employers, the league commissioner and even Jumpman himself, who issued a barebones statement. That Michael Jordan chimed in at all is noteworthy; there's a long-living apocryphal story about the iconic player reportedly saying that “Republicans bought sneakers too” to explain his apolitical nature.

Also praising the newest Laker was First Lady Melania Trump, who applauded him for empowering his community. Her camp would later clarify that her commendation shouldn't be interpreted as her taking sides.

Melania Trump praises LeBron James after her husband insults him

  Melania Trump praises LeBron James after her husband insults him The First Lady said she was "open" to visiting James' I Promise School for at-risk children in Akron, Ohio. Each student in the program who graduates is guaranteed a four-year college scholarship to the University of Akron. The President's tweet came after he watched CNN anchor/reporter Don Lemon interview James. He tweeted late Friday, "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!" Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon.

After the president said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem, James said Donald Trump is using sports to divide the country Donald Trump attacked LeBron James on Twitter again. Here’ s what happened.

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By the looks of it, President Trump isn't done chiming in about sports and politics — earlier today, he tweeted about NFL players protesting during their preseason games. But then again, neither is LeBron James — he's producing a docu-series for Showtime called "Shut Up and Dribble" (the title was no doubt inspired by Laura Ingraham's dog-whistling segment) — or other prominent athletes for that matter.

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    Facebook. Twitter . Jobs. Digital Archive. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump). Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. In any case, while Jordan needed to respond to Trump ’ s tweet, James didn’t need his help in this particular case.

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This week in sports and politics history: Lizzie “Spike” Murphy takes the field at Fenway

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"But most important, she produces the goods and, all in all, she's a real player.” - Eddie Carr, manager of the All-Stars of Boston on Lizzie Murphy

Spike Murphy was one of the biggest draws on the diamond during the summers of the 1920s and early 1930s. This barnstorming ballplayer digging out throws at first base would regularly head into the stands to sell autographs between innings and would become one of the most important players in the game’s history. Murphy went by Lizzie off the field, and on it, she became the first woman to play in an exhibition baseball game against major league competition.

Lizzie Murphy began playing amateur baseball on men’s teams when she was 15, and three years later she began her professional career playing for the Providence Independents. Murphy became a huge draw in the games that she played in, and recognizing what she brought to the very first team she played for, she threatened to sit out a game unless she was paid as an equal to her male counterparts.

At age 24, Murphy connected with Eddie Carr, the manager of the Traveling All-Stars, a barnstorming baseball team that played games from New England to Canada. After negotiating a $5 per game fee plus a percentage at the gate, Murphy stayed with Carr’s team for almost 20 years.

Just before she signed with Carr, Murphy took first base at Fenway Park with the American League All-Stars against the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game on Aug. 14, 1922. As the story goes, Harvey McClellan was determined to embarrass Murphy in front of such a huge crowd. After taking a grounder at third base, McClellan put all the mustard he had on his throw to first. Murphy didn’t just bring in the throw, but she had to stretch out for the ball because Murphy threw it a little outside thinking it would sail out of her reach.

Murphy was an all-around athlete who was an accomplished runner and skater and chopped wood in the offseason to stay in shape. She was a career .300 hitter and excellent in the field. And despite everything she accomplished, Murphy would go on to say, “It’s hard to explain why I liked baseball so much. And the more I think about it, the less I understand the reason.” To be fair, what baseball fan hasn’t felt this exact sentiment at some point in his or her life?

Regardless of how she felt about the game later in life, Murphy became the first woman to play at Fenway against an MLB team in August 1922 and should be celebrated as a pioneer.

ESPN not planning to televise national anthem before 'MNF' games .
"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year," ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said."We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year," Pitaro said, per Sara Fischer of Axios.com.

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