Trump's first comments about the National Football League and players who protest during the anthem came later that month.
During the interview, James was asked about Trump, and said that the president was "using sports to kinda divide us". Trump also appears to say, in the same tweet, that he prefers Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan over James in terms of great basketball players. A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? "I believe there's someone else out there". In the interview James and Lemon covered an array of topics, including Trump's presidency.
During the interview, MJames also discussed a new school he has opened for underprivileged children in his home town in OH, which offers free meals and bikes to students, as well as job placement assistance for parents and an on-site food bank. Trump is traveling to OH for a campaign rally on Saturday.
But Trump's election has charged James's outlook, along with other athletes and coaches.
To be fair, James has also not been so kind to Trump on Twitter in the past, though he probably won't be changing his mind in the near future.
"The most important thing we can give them is structure".
"I think (racism's) always been there".