The basketball hero, who has previously made his feelings on Donald Trump clear, didn’t seem to warm to Edward Crawford’s “Make America Great Again” cap.
With the news that Edward Crawford, an Ohio businessman, was named as the new US Ambassador to Ireland the Cleveland press have been recalling the moment Cavs hero LeBron James trolled the 80-year-old businessman for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat court side.
The incident took place during a Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game earlier this year before LeBron moved to the LA Lakers. The basketball hero was wiping his brow when he clearly spotted Edward Crawford wearing a “MAGA” hat on the side of the court eager to catch LeBron’s towel. LeBron pointed tossed the towel just out of the new US Ambassador to Ireland’s reach.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that LeBron showed his disapproval for the President Trump. In 2017 Donald Trump nixed the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House victory ceremony at the last minute, after they won the NBA Championship title. According to the NY Times fewer that 10 members of the team had agreed to attend.
LeBron tweeted in solidarity with Stephen Curry, taking the opportunity to call Trump a “bum”:
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Crawford on the other hand is a long-time supporter of Donald Trump. It was announced on Wednesday (Sept 12) that Crawford would take up the position as the United States Ambassador to Ireland, just one day after Donald Trump announced he would not be visiting Ireland in November 2018, as planned.
Rumors of Crawford’s appointed had been circulating since last year when President Donald Trump’s initial choice, Florida businessman Brian Burns, was forced to withdraw from the position due to ill health.
The position had been left vacant since January 2017, when president Barack Obama left office, and the former Ambassador Kevin O’Malley left the Phoenix Park, Dublin, residence. Since then the role of the US Ambassador had been filled by the US Chargé D’Affaires Reece Smyth.
Crawford was a leading fundraiser for Donald Trump during the campaign in the critical state of Ohio, which Trump won easily.
Speaking about Trump during the campaign, Crawford said, “We need a positive leader. We need someone that’s going to help us make the changes necessary to put us back on track so that everyone has a chance.”