As reactions to President Donald Trump disinviting NBA champion Stephen Curry to the White House pour in, the NBA’s biggest star didn’t mince words in his condemnation of the president’s behavior towards black athletes.
Early Saturday morning, Trump responded to footage of an interview in which Curry, the Golden State Warriors star player, said he would probably not attend a traditional White House visit for a team photo-opp if invited, citing concerns over the president’s policies and handling of tragedies like the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville in August.
Trump said Curry’s hesitation meant his invitation was “withdrawn.”
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
“By not going, hopefully it will inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country and what we stand for, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” Curry had said at the time.
Shortly after, Cleveland Cavaliers star forward Lebron James tweeted out a response of his own, calling Trump a “bum.”
“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!” James tweeted.
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
Curry’s Warriors defeated James’ Cavs during the most recent NBA finals in a five-game series.
James has been a frequent critic of Trump, and linked the president to the boldness of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville and elsewhere. At the time, he tweeted, “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!”
Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2017
And during an event for his charitable foundation the same day he tweeted about Charlottesville, James called Trump the “so-called president” and called for more people committing to love and change.
“The only way for us to be able to get better as a society and us to get better as people is love, and that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something at the end of the day. It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States or whatever the case,” James said. “It’s about all of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can be do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110% … that’s all you can ask for.”