Barnes wants Jordan to step up more for LeBron after Trump tweetAugust 7, 2018
In a now infamous tweet that he sent late on Friday night, President Donald Trump criticized LeBron James and expressed a preference for Hall of Famer Michael Jordan over the Los Angeles Lakers superstar. James was not the only subject of criticism in Trump’s tweet as the President also mocked the intelligence of CNN’s Don Lemon in his tweet.
Responding to the President’s tweet, Jordan issued a statement in support of James.
“I support LJ,” a spokesperson for Jordan told Geoff Bennett of NBC News. “He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
But while Jordan’s statement is clearly supportive of James, was it actually enough? Should Jordan have said more in his statement? Well according to former NBA player Matt Barnes, Jordan should’ve done a lot more to show his support for James.
Taking to Instagram, Barnes posted an image of text that asked when Jordan was going to step up:
Besides selling over priced shoes that kids are being beat up & killed over, when is michael jordan gonna step up & stand for & with the people that support him so much!?
Barnes added an even lengthier message in his caption, which while asking Jordan to do more, also criticized Trump:
Trump is the perfect example of how a man shouldn’t act! Maybe it’s the little dick syndrome ?????? After he ended his insecure rant about Lebron yesterday by finishing w “I like Mike” I really feel like for once MJ should step up & say something for all of us who’ve supported this man & bought his expensive ass shoes for all these years!
#ILikeLebron -Just my thoughts
Barnes makes a valid point about Jordan but it seems very unlikely that the Hall of Famer will actually “step up” since that is not something he has done in the past.
James meanwhile, hasn’t issued a response to Trump but like he touched on during his interview with Lemon on CNN, will likely keep talking about politics and the President.
“We’re in a position right now in America where this whole race thing is taking over,” James said on CNN. “One, because I believe our president is trying to divide us. He’s dividing us, and what I’ve noticed over the last few months is that he’s kind of used sport to kind of divide us.
“That’s something that I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white. I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got an opportunity to learn about me, and we became very good friends. I was like this is all because of sports. And sports has never been something that divided people. It’s always been something that brings someone together… At times… more often than not, I believe he uses anything that’s popular to try and negate people from the positive things they could be doing. At the end of the day sport is why we all come together.”