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LeBron James on Saturday morning blasted President Donald Trump for comments the president made about Steph Curry.
The Golden State Warriors star said he would skip the team’s White House visit after winning the national championship. Trump responded by saying Curry was uninvited, so he couldn’t come anyway.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.
NBA superstar and actor James tweeted that Trump was a “bum” and his logic made no sense.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted.
Hours after it was up, Twitter confirmed the post was the NBA star’s most shared message to date.
Around 2:40 p.m., James posted a two-minute video expanding on his thoughts on the matter, saying he could not ignore Trump’s remarks about the NFL and Curry.
“It’s not about dividing,” James said. “We as American people need to come together even stronger.”
James was a supporter of Hillary Clinton for president and also spoke out against Trump after the infamous Billy Bush tape was leaked.
Curry is not the first professional athlete to skip a White House visit in protest since Trump became president.
Later in the day, the Warriors announced the team would skip the White House visit entirely.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on Saturday evening, writing: “I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President. I am disappointed that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.”
Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the Golden State Warriors not being invited to visit the White House pic.twitter.com/6RS3k54cEB
— NBA (@NBA) September 23, 2017
In other sporting news, Trump also began a war of words with the NFL when on Friday he said team owners should fire players who sit during the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday said Trump showed “a lack of respect” for the league and its players.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
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
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017
Sept. 23, 2:40 p.m. Updated with new statement from James.
Sept. 23, 12:40 p.m. Updated with statement from the Golden State Warriors.
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