Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns responds to Trump's tweet about Lebron James

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Ignoring Trump's compliment, Michael Jordan sided with James in a statement issued Saturday: "I support LeBron James".

"I support LJ", Jordan said in the statement. "He's doing an wonderful job for his community".

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon", Trump said in an online swipe at a news network he often derides.

Trump tweeted his thoughts Friday (Aug. 3) following CNN's re-airing of Don Lemon's interview with James where he talked about his I Promise School, which helps 240 children with programs dedicated to accelerated learning.

While NBA athletes, entertainers and politicians alike fired off a flurry of responses directed at the president, James' first tweet following Trump's diss made no mention of the former reality TV star turned politician.

Saturday Trump faced criticism by a number of athletes who came to James's defense, including former United Kingdom and U of L basketball stars.

Melania Trump broke sharply with her husband on Saturday, after the president maligned National Basketball Association star LeBron James' intelligence on Twitter late Friday night.

Trump's tweet prompted an outpouring of defense for James, the latest of which comes from the first lady.

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This week, LeBron James opened The I Promise School, a fully-funded public elementary school catering to 240 at-risk teenagers in Akron, Ohio.

The interview aired on CNN on Monday night, but Trump's criticism did not come until Friday night.

"Sports has never been something that divides people", Mr. James said during the interview.

Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham released a statement, stating that the First Lady believed that James was "working to do good things on behalf of our next generation".

Melania's spokeswoman told the CNN that she is supportive of James' work for the children.

However, James did touch on politics, expressing disappointment with Trump's relationship to sports teams.

She is not the only family member to push back against Mr Trump. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell tweeted "A sign of an insecure human being is one who attacks others to make themselves feel better" and wrote that he is "sad that young kids have to see stupid tweets like these and grow up thinking it's okay".

First lady Melania Trump praised James the day after her husband had insulted him, the Guardian reported.

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