US President Donald Trump, who was named the sole recipient of the petition, recently mocked James on Twitter, responding to criticism from the four-time NBA MVP over the leader's stance on the National Football League anthem protests. And it's gaining steam, with more than 16,000 signees and counting supporting the idea of James taking over Betsy DeVos' job as U.S. Secretary of Education.
That is the point of an online petition posted late Tuesday on Care2.com and titled "LeBron James for Secretary of Education".
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The petition has more than 5,000 supporters and is nearing its goal of 6,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
After James's "I Promise" school, a collaboration between Akron's public schools and James's foundation, opened last week, James spoke of Trump in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon and said the president was using sports "to divide us".
To that Trump tweeted, "LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".
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If you could pick from two candidates to be nation's secretary of education and those were your candidates, whom would you pick?
"The coverage made it look like the whole thing is his", said Mark Williamson, spokesman for Akron Public Schools district.
Curry has a history of criticizing the president and even went as far as to call him an "ass" in an interview earlier this year.
And Ed Krassenstein added: "LeBron James" school will help at-risk American kids succeed, without making them pay a dime. "He did a lot, but taxpayers should know it's their investment, too".More news: PGA Championship leaderboard 2018