President Trump slammed frequent critic and basketball superstar LeBron James late Friday on Twitter — and threw in a cryptic apparent endorsement of fellow icon of the sport Michael Jordan.
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, [CNN anchor] Don Lemon,” Trump tweeted. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
The NYPost reports,
James — who once said that Trump doesn’t “give a f–k about people” — is considered by many the greatest player in the sport’s history, rivaled by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, suggesting that the tweet’s final line was another shot at LeBron.
The tagline of a famous 90s Gatorade commercial featuring Jordan urged viewers to “Be Like Mike.”
Twitter users chimed in with their takes on the line.
“I hate that Trump tweet about LeBron so much but I’m still laughing at the ‘I like Mike’ part,” said user @BrettRasdall. “Had to get his GOAT [greatest of all time] take in like everybody else.”
User @thatchriswalker posted, “Weird, Mike doesn’t seem to like you,” linking to a statement Jordan made supporting NBA players’ rights to protest against Trump’s policies.