Trump's comments on anthem, Curry resonate across sports

Hope Soto
September 24, 2017

LeBron James is calling foul on President Donald Trump's White House dis-invitation of Stephen Curry this morning - pointing out that Curry already said he didn't want to go anyway.

When the Warriors' first laid claim to their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, questions did arise on whether or not the team would be going to the White House to meet with the president as is the tradition.

President Donald Trump said that anyone who doesn't see going to the White House as an honor shouldn't go.

Pete Souza, Barack Obama's White House photographer posted a photo of the then president with Curry on Saturday morning.

Typically, championship-winning teams - victors from the the Super Bowl, the National Basketball Association finals, the World Series, and Stanley Cup, plus NCAA champions in college sports - are invited to the White House for a photo opportunity during their off-season.

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Trump said Curry was "hesitating" about a White House visit, though Curry's statement could not have been more emphatic.

"I don't want to go", Curry told reporters.

Warriors team officials had said Friday that an official decision on whether they would make the trip to D.C. would be announced in the coming days. "That's kind of the nucleus of my belief". There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. "Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore the invitation is withdrawn".

Then, Trump's Twitter fingers got itchy, hours after a rant at a rally in Alabama against NFL players protesting how police shootings are handled by kneeling during the national anthem. "So there wouldn't be any reason for me to go at all". They know it's our decision and that, for me, really, it's the players' decision. "So therefore ain't no invite", James tweeted.

That said, there are likely many other players in the league that hold the same stance as Beal, James, and Curry that have no desire in dealing with anything that involves president Trump. Kevin Durant said in August he wouldn't either, telling ESPN he "doesn't respect who is in the White House right now".

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