Not long after he went on several tirades about the NFL, President Donald Trump and his orange dusty self took aim at the NBA.
Specifically, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and their superstar point guard, Stephen Curry.
Last week, Curry reiterated what he’s been saying since he claimed his second ring—that he wasn’t interested in celebrating it by visiting Trump in the White House, as it would “taint” the championship.
So the president withdrew the invitation, which had already all but been declined by Curry and other Warriors, like Kevin Durant.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
“It’s surreal, to be honest,” Curry said after practice on Saturday. “I don’t know why he feels the need to target certain individuals, rather than others.
“I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath a leader of a country to go that route. That’s not what leaders do.”
LeBron James defended Curry on Twitter.
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
Then James went all in with a video message.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017
I think it’s basically at a point where I’m kind of just a little frustrated, man. Because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again. Obviously, we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that that caused. And now it’s even hitting more home for me now even more because he’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. We all know how much sports brings us together; how much passion it has; how much we love and care, and the friendships and everything that it creates, and for him to use this platform to try to divide us even more, that’s not something I can stand for, and it’s not something I can be quiet about. You look at him kind of asking the NFL owners to get rid of players off the field because they’re exercising their rights, and that’s not right. And then, when I wake up, I see that a colleague of mine has been uninvited of something that he said that he didn’t even want to go to in the first place—to the White House—that’s just something that I can’t stand for. We’ve got Jemele HIll and Colin Kaepernick and all these people are speaking up, and it’s for the greater cause. It’s for us to all come together, it’s not about a division, it’s not about dividing. We as American people need to actually just come together even more stronger, man, because this is a very critical time, and me being in the position I am I had to voice this to y’all.
In light of Trump’s comments about Curry and his statement about NFL players who protest racial discrimination via kneeling for the national anthem, athletes from all sports spent Saturday ripping the president on Twitter.
A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again”
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017
You can’t lead the world POTUS if you can’t unite your own country
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 23, 2017
welp, i don’t think anyone can tell athletes to “stick to sports” for a while
— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) September 23, 2017
I’ll jump when I want. I’ll sit when I want. I’ll kneel when I want. I’ll clap. Sing. Flip and I’ll say what I want. You ain’t DeeBo.
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) September 23, 2017
@BarackObama we need you back ASAP
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) September 23, 2017
“I don’t want to spend the night at your house ” … “ok well you can’t spend the night at my house anymore” https://t.co/WH5w1b2gJV
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) September 23, 2017
We’ll “stick to football” when we see progress. Our Nations leader can’t even set a good example of how it looks to be a great American
— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) September 23, 2017
With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
And I doubt he’s man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face…
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
Regardless of how it makes you feel individually, these are literally the principles the US was founded on. Come on, Mr. President
— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) September 23, 2017
It should be an interesting day of football.