Benjamin Watson

Trump picks fights with the NFL and the NBA — and top athletes fight back

Trump picks fights with the NFL and the NBA — and top athletes fight back

President Trump has picked fights with two of the nation’s most popular professional sports leagues, setting off a Twitter war with top athletes who were quick to fight back in an extraordinary display of political trash-talking with thinly veiled racial undertones.

Even National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell jumped into the fray Saturday, criticizing Trump for “divisive comments” as some players responded on social media with much harsher language.

Basketball superstar LeBron James called Trump a “bum” and said that “going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

The battle began Friday night, when Trump publicly

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