Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said he got a lot of racist voicemails after star player LeBron James called President Trump a “bum” on Twitter.
Gilbert said the voicemails were some of the “most vile, disgusting, racist” things “I’ve ever heard people say.”
James’ tweet was in response to Trump uninviting the Golden State Warriors to the White House, less than a day after Stephen Curry and other players on the team said they didn’t want to go.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.
James responded with “U bum, @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
Gilbert said that the voicemails he got didn’t address what Trump had done or what James was responding to.
Dan Gilbert: I got racist voicemails after the LeBron James Trump tweet
“It wasn’t even about the issue. That’s what really got me. They went to who they really are, some of them,” Gilbert said. “There’s an element of racism in this country that I didn’t realize existed.”