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Monday’s Mashup: Michael Jordan supports LeBron James after Donald Trump insults him on Twitter

Lucy Burdge
August 06, 2018 - 7:16 am

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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
WNBA: Seattle at New York, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- Michael Jordan responded to Donald Trump’s tweet about LeBron James’ intelligence by issuing a statement in support of James.

"I support LJ. He's doing an amazing job for his community,” reportedly stated through a spokesperson.

James was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon earlier last week and said in the interview he thinks Trump is using sports to divide the country. The interview was aired again on Friday and Trump was apparently watching.

“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump tweeted. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”

That last line seemed to be a reference to Jordan, which is why Jordan responded.

Melania Trump also voiced support for James and the school he just opened in Akron, Ohio.

“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,” Melania’s spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday. “As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative.”

-- Urban Meyer has released a statement in which he admits he did have knowledge of abuse accusations involving his Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith but he followed the appropriate steps in reporting it.

Meyer said though he knew about the abuse, he “followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" and “any suggestions to the contrary are false.”

“Here is the truth,” the statement reads. “While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to proper channels. And I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestions to the contrary are false.”

Meyer was placed on leave by Ohio State amid the school’s investigation into Smith, who was fired last month.

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