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Aussie NBA superstar Ben Simmons has doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the nationwide unrest gripping the US.

A week of protests around the nation was set off by the killing of unarmed African-American man George Floyd by white Minneapolis policemen.

Simmons tweeted: “This is not what a leader looks like. His actions and cold words are cowardly. Do not allow these messages of hate and divide draw your attention away from the REAL goal of UNITY and EQUALITY which is achieved through LOVE and COMPASSION. I love y’all, stay safe [Peace symbol].

He added: “Let me be clear. I will ALWAYS fight for equality and unity. If you call yourself a fan of me but do not agree with EQUALITY and UNITY for everyone then I don’t want or need you in my corner.”

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President Trump further inflamed tensions in the community after forcibly removing peaceful protesters from White House grounds and threatening to use greater force if protests were not stopped.

Simmons has repeatedly used his public platform this week to speak out against racism and the killing of black Americans by police.

In a series of earlier tweets, Simmons wrote “Witnessing the news the past few weeks & hearing the outcry has given me a lot to think about. It is time for everyone, from all walks of life, to get comfortable with voicing & calling out the uncomfortable subject of Blatant Racism that exists heavily within our society.

“We are ALL accountable & we shouldn’t have to revisit tragedies like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery time & time again. Enough is enough.”

He also posted a photo of himself wearing a shirt reading “I can’t breathe” – the dying words of George Floyd as a policeman knelt on his deck for several minutes.

Many players and coaches in the NBA have spoken out against the killing of Floyd, none more powerfully than Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

Popovich told “The Nation” Magazine: “The thing that strikes me is that we all see this police violence and racism and we’ve seen it all before but nothing changes.

“That’s why these protests have been so explosive. But without leadership and an understanding of what the problem is, there will never be change. And white Americans have avoided reckoning with this problem forever because it’s been our privilege to be able to avoid it. That also has to change.”

Popovich said that Trump was “not just divisive. He’s a destroyer.

“I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say ‘Black Lives Matter,’” Popovich said.

“In the end, what we have is a fool in place of a president, while the person who really runs the country, Senator Mitch McConnell, destroys the United States for generations to come.”