Dan Gilbert Says Cavs Have Received Racist Phone Calls Since LeBron Called Donald Trump a ‘Bum’

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Last week, President Donald Trump heard the comments from Stephen Curry about not wanting to visit the White House after winning the Championship in June. He then took to Twitter and withdrew the invitation, personally calling Curry out in the process.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James then took to Twitter and broke the internet with one tweet. He called Trump a ‘bum’ and stated there was no need to withdraw anything since Curry had already stated he wasn’t going to the White House anyway.


Since that tweet, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert revealed that the franchise has basically been under verbal attack from upset Trump supporters who have called constantly to spew racist rhetoric.

“I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist [messages],” Gilbert said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “There’s an element of racism that I didn’t even realize existed in this country this much.”

“The thing is, I mean, some of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard people say,” Gilbert said. “And you could hear it in their voice — the racism. It wasn’t even really about the issue, and that’s what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them.”

Even though Dan Gilbert gave $750K to Trump’s Inauguration, he told many staffers how proud he was of LeBron for his willingness to take a stand during Media Day on Monday.


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