US President Donald Trump has banned NBA winners Golden State Warriors from visiting the White House as part of their victory celebrations after star player Curry, said he did not want to attend.
Basketball star LeBron James described US President Donald Trump as a “bum” over comments he made about fellow player Steph Curry.
James said, “Going to White House was an honour until you showed up,”he added”.
the Golden State Warriors from California, were considering turning down the traditional invitation to celebrate their NBA title success at the White House, after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem, he moved onto another target.
Curry himself has been firm. As he told reporters Friday, by not going “hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.”
Adam Silver NBA Commissioner weighed in with his disappointment that the league’s champion will not be going to the White House.
“I was in favour 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,” Silver said. “I am disappointed that 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.”
James offered a comment several hours later, saying Trump’s comments were “something I can’t stand for.”
Curry said. “I think it’s bold, it’s courageous for any guy to speak up, let alone a guy that has as much to lose as LeBron does and other notable figures in the league. We all have to kind of stand as one the best we can. For me, the questions how things have gone all summer if I wanted to go to the White House or not, I told you yesterday being very transparent what my vote would have been in a meeting had we had one, based on just trying to let people know I didn’t want to be applauded for an accomplishment on the court when the guy that would be doing the patting on the back is somebody I don’t think respects the majority of Americans in this country.”
Trump also encouraged NFL fans to walk out of the stadium if they see players protesting during the pre-game anthem. Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron said: “Does anyone tell Trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports?”
Having opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season, Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 29-year-old said he began his protests because he wanted to start a nationwide debate.
NFL Players Association president Eric Winston said: “I am extremely disappointed in the statements made by the president last night.
“The divisiveness we are experiencing in this country has created gridlock in our political system, given voice to extreme, fringe beliefs and paralysed our progress as a nation.
“Divisiveness breeds divisiveness but NFL players have proven to unify people in our country’s toughest moments.”Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Saturday he was surprised by the invitation being pulled.
“The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,” Myers said. “So we want to go to Washington, D.C. and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team’s first practice of the season: “These are not normal times.”