Former NBA player Matt Barnes tore into President Trump on Monday for criticizing LeBron James over the weekend on Twitter.
“It’s unfortunate that the leader of our country finds time to try to put people down like that,” Barnes explained during an interview with TMZ. “So, that’s why I thought it was so important for Michael Jordan to step up because Trump’s whole thing is to try to divide us and we need to show that we are all altogether united and we don’t f–k with him.”
Barnes continued to say in the interview that it is “frustrating” to watch James, someone he argued is “really making an effort to put people in schools,” get labeled “dumb” by the president.
“For a dumbass president to come out and, you know, to try to call him dumb is crazy,” Barnes concluded.
His comments following just days after Trump slighted James, a new Los Angeles Laker who recently funded a school in his home state of Ohio, and denounced his intelligence on Twitter Saturday, spurning immediate backlash and statements of support on the player’s behalf.
Following James’s sit down with CNN host Don Lemon, Trump wrote: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”
The president also stated his preference for former NBA player Michael Jordan in the tweet, saying: “I like Mike.” Jordan is often a comparison for James in the ongoing debate over which athlete is the greatest basketball player.
Jordan reacted with words of support for James on Saturday, stating that the NBA star is “doing an amazing job for his community.”