LeBron James just finished going back and forth with the likes of NBA stars Jimmy Butler, Jamal Murray, James Harden and Damian Lillard in the NBA Bubble to win his fourth championship, and he’s not interested in playing games right now with President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, Trump called James “a very nasty spokesman” for the Democratic party and said that “he’s a hater.”
In a New York Times interview to talk about the athlete collaborative More Than a Vote, James was asked about whether black voter turnout or Trump’s removal was more important to him this election. The question mentioned their past “back and forth.”
“I don’t go back and forth with anybody,” James told The New York Times. “And I damn sure won’t go back and forth with that guy. But we want better. We want change in our community. We always talk about, ‘we want change,’ and now we have the opportunity to do that.”
James campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Ohio during the 2016 presidential election but he’s shifted his focus to education on voter suppression for this election.
“I define success by our people going out and voting,” James said. “You know, there’s so many stats out there. You can see it every time. Who didn’t vote? What counties didn’t vote? What communities didn’t vote? And a lot of that has had to do with our Black people. So, hopefully, we can get them out and educated and let them understand how important this moment is.”
Even though LeBron has gracefully ducked out of any future “back-and-forth” with Trump, there’s always that chance the President could make it a back and forth, forth, forth, forth once he gets his hands on his Twitter account and fires off a reaction to LeBron’s comments.