LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visited the White House on Thursday to celebrate their NBA championship with Barack Obama. While it was a great day for them, filled with classic Obama moments, it was hard to shake the feeling that in a few short months, Donald Trump would ascend to the office. And there’s obviously some doubt about whether any team would visit after the Cavs in the next few years.
LeBron himself isn’t sure if he would go back should he win another title with Trump in office, as he told the Akron Beacon-Journal.
“I don’t know. That’s something I would cross,” James said Friday. “We’ll have to cross that road, I guess. We’ll see. I would love to have to cross that road.”
It’s an impossible problem for people of color, who are the vast majority of athletes in any sport major enough to merit a White House visit. Meeting a president has always been a great honor, and a hell of a perk for any champion athlete, but when the president is the leader of a white nationalist movement and a figurehead for a new wave of hate crimes perpetrated by those emboldened by his victory. It’s understandable that LeBron is conflicted.
That said, LeBron is willing to give this thing a shot.