In a statement Thursday evening, Mr. Trump also taunted the Black Lives Matter activist over the league’s ratings.
“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,” Mr. Trump said.
The former president then criticized Mr. James over a now-deleted tweet in which he threatened a Columbus, Ohio, police officer for shooting a knife-wielding Black female, possibly saving the life of another Black female.
In the offending tweet, which has produced two days of backlash, Mr. James posted a photo of the police officer and said in all-capital letters “you’re next” and an hourglass emoji, a symbol of time running out.
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