On the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday afternoon, there was to have been a celebration honoring the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, but it turned out very few Eagles actually wanted to be celebrated by Trump.
Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Lebron James of the Cavaliers both said their teams have no interest in a White House visit.
This president who has taken a personal vendetta against all athletes who protest during the national anthem, calling them "sons of bitches" who don't belong in this country, now wants to sit down with those activist athletes so they can recommend people they believe should be pardoned.
Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds previous year.
"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated - friends of theirs or people that they know about - and I'm going to take a look at those applications", he said.
President Donald Trump shouldn't bother extending an invitation to whichever team wins the championship.
"It's typical of him", James said of Trump. Last fall, James called the president a bum on Twitter, sticking up for Curry, who had said that if it were up to him, the Warriors would skip meeting Trump after last year's championship win against the Cavaliers.Читайте также: Actor Vince Vaughn arrested on suspicion of DUI at California checkpoint
With the possible exception of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, nobody in the National Basketball Association encapsulates better what's going on in the United States.
"Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military", the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement posted to social media Tuesday. When the New England Patriots went a year ago, half the team chose not to attend. Most recently, LeBron James spoke on Trump dis-inviting the Eagles.
The Warriors won last year's title but Mr. Trump revoked their invitation after one of their star players, Stephen Curry, said he would vote against a White House visit.
In this instance, James came to the defense of Curry and the Warriors.
Mr. Trump's attacks on kneeling football players always draw applause at his rallies and he has urged fans to leave a game if they see a player kneeling.
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