President Trump disinvited the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles on Monday to the White House
Many of the Eagles have been outspoken about their hatred towards Trump including Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, but surprisingly only a handful of players decided to attend the traditional event, which is why the President decided to cancel the event for the ungrateful Philly team.
But then three of the NBA’s biggest stars, of course, had to chime in about Trump’s decision.
The defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals again for the 4th year in a row.
LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are undisputedly considered to be three of the NBA’s biggest stars – with a combined seven regular season MVP awards amongst them over the last 15 seasons.
After Trump disinvited the Eagles to the White House, you could’ve probably predicted that sports journalists would be chomping at the bit to ask the biggest American sports’ stars what they thought about his decision.
LeBron James isn’t just the most popular NBA player in the league, he’s ranked as the second most popular athlete in the world, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland Cavaliers star, said Tuesday when he was asked about what he thought of Trump’s decision to cancel the event. “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
LeBron has been hypercritical of Trump for a long time so his comment wasn’t a surprise at all.
Two-time MVP, Steph Curry – considered one of shooters of all time – agreed with the NBA’s most popular player.
“I agree with ’Bron,” Curry said at a separate news conference. “Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, kinda staying consistent with that.”
Kevin Durant is widely considered to be the 2nd all-around best NBA player, just behind LeBron “King” James.
Durant said when he was asked for his thoughts,
“What else do you expect Trump to do? When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op don’t look bad. We get it at this point. It’s good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”
But this isn’t the first time these players have been spreading anti-Trump rhetoric to their massive fan bases.
After last year’s NBA Finals, when the Golden State Warriors took it all, everyone wanted to know whether the champions would visit Trump’s White House for the annual tradition that was initiated by former President Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s.
Curry was asked point blank whether he would and it was pretty obvious that most of the players had already made up their minds about not attending.
And then Trump immediately withdrew his invitation to the entire team when he heard about Curry and the rest of the players plans to snub him.
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
LeBron James rushed to Curry’s side in a tweet back to the President after he was just defeated by his rival.
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
James and Durant even sat down with ESPN’s Cari Champion for an “Uninterrupted” Uber ride where the Cleveland Cavs superstar said about Trump that, “He really don’t give a f—k about people.”
And Durant seemed to nod in agreement.
It’s high time that Trump calls out these NBA superstars in the same way he calls out NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem.