Dwyane Wade and his family were rocked by tragedy last week after Nykea Aldridge was shot dead in Chicago.
The cousin of the Chicago Bulls player was with her child when she was hit in the head and arm after two men had intended to attack a third person.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used the devastating news to try and boost his viewing in the African-American community with a series of tweets. However, director and avid New York Knicks fan, Spike Lee, believes the businessman turned politician was trying to capitalise on the heartbreaking attack.
Speaking on 'Anderson Cooper 360', Lee said: "He should be giving condolences to the Wade family from the first tweet. To me, that just shows where his heart is.
"What happens in Chicago is way bigger than Donald Trump who is just trying to capitalise on it.
"I don't think he cares about anybody but himself. He can reach all he wants. That's not going to work, in my opinion."
Wade, who has himself moved back to the Chicago area after he ended his 13-year spell with the Miami Heat, took to Twitter after the news broke to express the need for social changes in areas that are rife with violence. His views on Trump are unknown.
Wade was one of four NBA players - alongside LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul - to take the stage at ESPY Awards in July and call for changes to way things happen in America. This travesty will only prove to emphasise their point.
Two men have been charged with the murder of Nykea Aldridge.