When LeBron James was asked about President Donald Trump calling NBA players kneeling during thenational anthem"disgraceful" and saying that no one has done more for the Black community than him in an appearance on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, James chuckled.
anthem [ˈænθəm] n. 讚美詩；冒險聖歌
"You trying to make me laugh right now?" James asked after the Lakers' 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. "I appreciate that."
“你現在是想逗我笑嗎?”在周三湖人以86 - 105輸給俄克拉荷馬雷霆的賽後採訪中，詹姆士被記者問到時說道，“那謝謝你。”
James went on to say that Trump can go ahead and stop watching games.
"I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game. And that’s all I got to say," James said. "I don’t want to, I’m not going to get into a discussion, because I already know where this could go, where it could lead to for tomorrow for me. I’m not going to get into it."
In a phone appearance on the weekday Fox News show on Wednesday, Trump criticized players for kneeling during the national anthem to protestsystemic racismduring the NBA restart at Walt Disney World near Orlando.
systemic [sɪˈstemɪk] adj. 系統的；全身的；體系的
"When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and national anthem, what I do personally is turn off the game," Trump said.
"I think it's disgraceful. We work with the NBA, we worked with them very hard trying to get open. I was pushing for them to get open. Then I see everybody kneeling during the anthem. That's not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling during the game, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. Let me tell you this, plenty of other people out there, too."
Trump went on toaddressBlack Lives Matter, "Black Lives Matter," Trump said. "Nobody has done better for our Black community than me. Nobody. With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln; it's true. Criminal justice reform, opportunity zones, best employment numbers in history. Again, nobody has done for the black community — by far. I'll give the one exception: Abraham Lincoln."
address [əˈdres] v. 寫（收信人）姓名地址；演說；向……說話，致詞；冠以（某種稱呼）；設法解決；就位擊（球）；出
James added that the presidential election is only a few months away. "I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, will see what leadership that we have at the top in our country and understand that November is rightaround the cornerand it’s a big moment for us as Americans," James said. "If we continue to talk about, ‘We want better, we want change,’ we have an opportunity to do that."
around the corner 在拐角處；即將來臨
James has long been vocal about his feelings on Trump.After Trumprescindedthe championship-winning Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House in Sept. 2017 following criticism from Stephen Curry, James called him "U bum" in a tweet. And in a video in Feb. 2018, James said that Trump "does not give a f---" about the American people, adding that the things he says are "laughable and it's scary."
rescinded [rɪˈsɪnd] vt. 解除；廢除；撤回
Trump hastaken shots atJames' intelligence. Following an interview James did with CNN in Aug. 2018, Trump tweeted: "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do !”
taken shots at 抨擊，攻擊
Since entering the NBA bubble, James has been outspoken on social justice. He said he wants to see the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor get arrested. And before the Lakers' last game against the Utah Jazz on Monday, he wore a T-shirt that had a graphic of a stopwatch displaying the numbers 8:46 in honor of George Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for that amount of time. The Lakers have knelt before all four of their seeding games.
James intends to continue peacefully protesting racism and police brutality, whether or not Trump will watch games. "The game will go on without his eyes on it," James said Wednesday. "I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball: We could care less."
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