James fulfills promise with opening of school in Akron

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Basketball icon LeBron James says that US President Donald Trump is using sport to divide American athletes along racial lines.

When asked what he'd say to Trump if the two were face to face, James told Lemon, "I would never sit across from him".

"If we look at some of the greatest leaders of our time, you look at, you know, Muhammad Ali, you look at Dr. Martin Luther King, and all the adversity they went through", James said. "So after talking to my family more than anybody, I felt like this was the next step in my journey".

"Is. Is. I don't want to say 'kind of.' He's dividing us", James said of Trump.

James also spoke at length about the opening of his foundation's "I Promise" school in Akron, saying it was bittersweet he wouldn't be there to watch the kids grow firsthand.

According to CNN, James "poured millions [of dollars] from his own pocket into the project".

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"I think every athlete has a passion on how they want to give back and they choose to use that passion and give back in that nature", Carrie said.

But he remains tied to OH, where on Monday an elementary school for at-risk youngsters opened in his hometown of Akron, through his LeBron James Family Foundation.

James' comments were an apparent reference to Trump's continued crusade against NFL players who protest during the national anthem.

For all he's accomplished on the court, LeBron James further cemented his legacy as a human being and pioneer off of it with the opening of the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. "It's always been something that brings [people] together".

Monday, the new school, which will be in session all year round, open it's doors as 30 major media outlets descend upon Akron just to see LeBron James cut the ribbon.

Each student will also get a bicycle, because James said having a bike helped him get away from the rough parts of his community when he was young, the Times reported. "I'll sit across from Barack [Obama], though". The LeBron James Family Foundation sought a way to help families like the one he grew up in, providing children with an education, a path to college and support services for them and their parents.

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