LeBron brushes off Trump blast: ‘We could care less’

first_imgTopics : “Trying to make me laugh right now? I appreciate that,” James said.Trump told Fox News he turns away when he sees players kneel during the anthem, although players have said the move is to protest police brutality and social injustice, and is not an insult to the flag, military or nation.”I think it’s disgraceful,” Trump said. “We work with [the NBA]. We work very hard trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get open. And then I see everyone kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me.”When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do, personally, is turn off the game.” Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hit back at Donald Trump on Wednesday after the US President branded NBA stars who kneel during the national anthem “disgraceful.”The two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player rebuked Trump’s comments in the aftermath of a 105-86 loss to Oklahoma City in the Orlando bubble as the league restarts following a four-month COVID-19 shutdown.James smiled when asked about Trump’s comments that he did more for the black community than any president except maybe Abraham Lincoln, who freed slaves in the 19th Century.  ‘We could care less’ “The game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us who love the game of basketball and we could care less.”James noted global support and respect for the NBA.”Our game is in a beautiful position and we’ve got fans all over the world,” James said. “Our fans love and respect what we try to bring to the game, what’s right and what’s wrong.”Trump took aim at NBA ratings and tossed in a dig at those who have kneeled during anthems in Major League Baseball, although both have enjoyed above-average viewership since making their returns in recent weeks after long COVID-19 breaks.”The ratings for the basketball are way down, if you know. And I hear some others are way down, including baseball. Because all of the sudden, now baseball’s is in the act,” Trump said.”We have to stand up for our flag. We have to stand up for our country. We have to stand up for our anthem. And a lot of people agree with me.”Hey, if I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election. OK. And that’s OK with me. But I will always stand for our country and for our flag.”James was looking forward to the US Presidential voting on November 3 also.”November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans,” James said. “We talk about we want better, we want change, and we will have [that opportunity].”Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about Trump earlier, the election on his mind as he wore a cap that had “Vote” on the front.”Well, we lost one guy,” Rivers said of the reduced NBA viewership.”We know that justice is on our side. This hat that I’m wearing is what our President is trying to get us to not to, which I think is just as disgraceful.” Trump need not hurry to turn on the NBA again, James said.”I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game,” James said.last_img read more

UFC 244: Darren Till faces visa issues; Gastelum refuses backup

first_img 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz reportedly tested positive for a drug test by USADA Written By Where does this leave Kelvin Gastelum?Though it’s expected that Gastelum’s fight against Darren Till will be moved forward as it has been planned, the UFC has also tabbed a back-up fighter just in case of any last-minute issues around visa or weight cutting for Darren Till. The promotion generally tabs a back-up fighter to protect itself in case a fight is likely to fall off.Also Read | UFC: US President Donald Trump Is Set To Attend UFC 244 At MSGUFC News: Middleweight contender Jared Cannonier to fight Kelvin Gastelum if Till falls off the UFC 244 cardJared Cannonier is now on board and will be cutting weight ahead of Friday morning in New York for filling in the UFC 244 co-main event at Madison Square Garden. It has also been confirmed that Cannonier is indeed in New York City and is ready to jump in on short notice.Jared Cannonier was last seen in the cage at UFC Copenhagen where he halted Jack Hermansson’s title shot run in a memorable fashion.Also Read | UFC: Conor McGregor Calls BMF As An Interim Belt Before UFC 244Kelvin Gastelum refuses to fight back-upKelvin engaged with the media on Thursday during the UFC 244 open workouts and said it would not be fair for him to take on Jared Cannonier on such short notice, given he has specifically prepared for a different fighter. He also expressed that he would be open to a match against Cannonier, but only under reasonable circumstances which does not apply to UFC 244. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV The fight will mark the official UFC middleweight debut for Darren Till and it will be very disappointing if the fight does not happen. Till has not attended yesterday’s open workouts and media day today and his fallout from the co-main event will ultimately be Cannonier’s gain if he is to step in and secure a win again Gastelum.Until Friday, UFC fans will have to wait and see what happens!Also Read | UFC 244: Masvidal Makes Fans Fight One-on-one In Open Workout First Published: 31st October, 2019 22:46 IST Word is Darren Till vs Kelvin Gastelum could be in jeopardy over Till having potential visa issues #UFC244— #Dizzology🇺🇸 (@TalkMMA) October 25, 2019 10 months ago UFC 244 Preview: BMF Showdown; The Rock, Donald Trump and more WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor backs rival Khabib against Tony Ferguson SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago UFC: 3 major fights in UFC history with controversial endings Last Updated: 31st October, 2019 22:46 IST UFC 244: Darren Till Faces Visa Issues; Gastelum Refuses Backup UFC 244: Darren Till has not arrived in New York for the UFC 244 event over visa issues. Kelvin Gastelum not worried about Till; not willing to fight backup. FOLLOW US Darren Till, who is all set to make his debut at 185 pounds in the co-main event of UFC 244 is yet to arrive in New York for the fight week. His trip to the pre-match affairs stateside has been delayed over visa issues, which now puts the co-main event showdown with Kelvin Gastelum in doubt. The issues were allegedly in connection with his arrest in the summer in the Canary Islands.Also Read | UFC 244 Preview: BMF Showdown; The Rock, Donald Trump And More 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor expresses interest to join rival company Danish Ansari COMMENTlast_img read more