Walking into his Tuesday, August 18, game against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron James wore a hat that has many Trump supporters up in arms.
The hat, which used the distinctive style of President Trump's "Make America Great Again" caps, had the Republican slogan crossed off.
Written below it was a new message:
"Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor."
On Twitter, Trump supporters were outraged that a basketball player would dare to voice his opinion on politics.
@CBSNews LEBRON JAMES disrespects OUR flag before every game!!!! More reason to vote for TRUMP!!!!! 🙄🇺🇸— Brian Lambert (@Brian Lambert)1597840026.0
@CBSNews @KingJames i wonder do you call for justice when all people are Senselessly murdered or just those with a… https://t.co/EcFYk4NdKC— AnnelovestheUSA (@AnnelovestheUSA)1597840661.0
@TMZ https://t.co/Uk0cqm6WDV— 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸)1597793070.0
Many conservatives claimed they were done watching James play basketball.
Clown show https://t.co/CgY18sH7jj— Mark R. Levin (@Mark R. Levin)1597869373.0
@marklevinshow Never liked LeBron myself ever!— goldensforever (@goldensforever)1597871184.0
@marklevinshow Nothing more than a show-boating elitist. He's plays basketball. So what?— RazorFace (@RazorFace)1597871970.0
Others wished the worst would befall James because he thought the killers of Breonna Taylor should face justice.
@TMZ Mr. James should look at NBA ratings this season.— Craig Zimmerman (@Craig Zimmerman)1597811956.0
@nowthisnews @KingJames Please stay in lane and Dribble LBJ. Please focus on our lakers and gets us a championship!!!— Clayton Ramclam (@Clayton Ramclam)1597875441.0
In moments like these, conservatives are always eager to insist that athletes should play their sports and shut their mouths.
@ComplexSneakers @KingJames @Nike I want the Lakers to win it all but nah, The Blazers better smoke them tonight because of that wack hat— Ya smoke crack dontchya (@Ya smoke crack dontchya)1597792540.0
@ComplexSneakers @KingJames @Nike Maybe if you focus on the game instead of making a statement against Trump you might have won.— The Coach (@The Coach)1597819377.0
NBA TV ratings are in the tank, and LeBron James still can't help himself from making things political. Tonight, h… https://t.co/YEQ6MXQEh6— David Hookstead (@David Hookstead)1597794037.0
Of course, it's unlikely LeBron James, one of the greatest players of all time, cares about random Twitter users opinions on his hat.
@Independent I bet King James is all broken up about trump supporters being angry about his revision of the MAGAT attire.😆— Albert (@Albert)1597856532.0
@Independent Trump supporters care nothing about LBJ or the @NBA. Seriously, I'm more furious that my local pizza joint takes 45 minutes.— Book Commander (@Book Commander)1597855706.0
LeBron James may have lost some of his old conservative fans, but he's made just as many new ones among those who appreciate a star using his voice for what he sees as right.