LeBron James praised by OH school district after Trump attack

LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron Ohio on Monday

LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron Ohio on Monday

James, now playing for the L.A. Lakers, will serve, along with his business manager, Maverick Carter, as an executive producer of the three-part series for Showtime, Variety reported Monday.

The series is set to debut in October, according to the LA Times.

James found himself drawn into politics last week when President Donald Trump unleashed an attack on him via Twitter after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which James deemed Trump divisive.

Trump called Lemon the "dumbest man on television" in response to the James interview, and even though Lemon acknowledged that Trump has called lots of people stupid before, the CNN host made note of how often Trump insults the intelligence of people of color who criticize him.

As Lemon cycled through the outrage Trump's attacks caused over the weekend, he reminded viewers of the president's attacks on "low IQ" Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) along with his birtherism against former President Barack Obama. "[Is] he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to".

The series will feature players in the NBA - starting from the merger between the NBA and the American Basketball Association in the 1970s - whose impact and reach has transcended the sport, and how the role of an athlete in society has changed over time.

"If you don't see this as racist, I would ask you to please go get your vision checked", she said.

"It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the first lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today", a statement issued by Melania Trump's spokeswoman said.

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