"I'm not going to refer to him as uneducated, but I am going to refer to him as ignorant."
Candace Owens, in a Tuesday interview with Fox News' Tammy Bruce, called LeBron James "ignorant" for his comments about President Donald Trump and said she would "welcome a dialogue" with the Los Angeles Laker.
Owens, conservative spokeswoman and director of communications for Turning Point USA, said James may be brilliant on the court, but he
"I would welcome a dialogue with LeBron James," she said. "He is, in this regard, an ignorant man. I'm not going to refer to him as uneducated, but I am going to refer to him as ignorant. He knows very little about politics."
In her critique of the NBA star, Owens emphasized that she did not "want to take away from what he did" by opening his I Promise school, which she called "an incredible feat."
Owens' remarks allude to the most recent conflict between James and Trump, which began after James criticized the President in an interview last Friday with CNN's Don Lemon.
During the interview, the NBA superstar told Lemon that he believes Trump is using sports to "divide" the American people.
"Sports has never been something to divide people," James said. "It's always been something to bring people together."
When Lemon asked what James would say to the president if he were sitting across from him, James said he "would never sit across from him."
Trump took to Twitter in response to the interview and said James made Lemon, "the dumbest man on television," look smart in comparison.
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
Trump faced blowback for his remarks, with some, including veteran journalist Dan Rather, accusing the president of racism.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, former NBA star Michael Jordan, former NBA player Matt Barnes, and even First Lady Melania Trump defended James and the work he has done for his community through his I Promise school, which is seen as a model for public education.
Owens called racist accusations against Trump "ridiculous": "
Lemon set James up: "Don Lemon knew what he was doing for CNN -- he wanted LeBron to say something about the president," Owens argued. "They couldn't have cared less about the school opening. They were there to get that five-second soundbite to get him to say something nasty about the president, and that was going to be their news story."
James "knows very little about politics": "I would welcome a dialogue with LeBron James. He is, in this regard, an ignorant man. I'm not going to refer to him as uneducated, but I am going to refer to him as ignorant. He knows very little about politics," Owens said.
In 2017, Owens urged James to "shut up and dribble" after he made comments critical of the president.