Even by the lofty standard that has been set over the last year or so, Donald Trump‘s interactions with the world of sports have been really weird during the last few days. Trump has taken to Twitter to post criticisms of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and noted sports dad LaVar Ball.
Sunday morning began the craziness, as Trump tweeted that he did not appreciate Ball’s response to his involvement in getting three UCLA basketball players, including Ball’s middle son, out of legal hot water in China. Trump went as far as to say that he would have done anything if he knew this would be Ball’s response.
Then on Monday, Trump tweeted that the NFL should suspend Lynch for the remainder of the season after he sat for The Star-Spangled Banner and sat for Mexico’s national anthem during Oakland’s game against New England in Mexico City.
If you read either of those stories and went “how does the President of the United States not have literally anything else to do,” well, you’re not alone. Detroit Pistons coach and open Trump critic Stan Van Gundy expressed his disbelief over the last 48 hours of Trump’s presidency.
“I mean there has to be something,” Van Gundy said. “You’re the President of the United States, the leader of the free world. There has to be something more important than getting into it with LaVar Ball or Marshawn Lynch. There just has to be something else that you could be spending your time on as president. I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know North Korea, trade pacts, there just has to be something. It just can’t be at the top of your priority list, I wouldn’t think. But obviously it is.”
So Van Gundy is very obviously right — the president’s obsession with shouting into the void about the national anthem when it is clear that protesting inequality and racial injustice will never be outlawed is strange, as is the fact that he is in a public war of words with the guy behind Big Baller Brand. But these are apparently things that are really important to Trump, so as we’ve seen throughout his time seeking the White House, the United States is going to learn about the president’s strange beefs via his Twitter account.