Just one day after referring to an NFL player as a “son of a bitch,” President Donald Trump directed his ire towards another star athlete on Saturday morning.
NBA champion and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has said he had concerns about participating in a traditional visit to the White House due to Trump’s policies and response to the violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA in August. Having likely seen footage of the earlier interview on Fox & Friends Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter — naturally — to lash out at Curry shortly after the segment aired.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
“That we don’t stand for basically what our President has – the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said in the interview. “And by acting and 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. It’s not just the act of not going there.”
The Warriors, who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games during last season’s championship, had not yet been formally invited to the White House to celebrate their recent NBA championship with a presidential photo-op, as is custom, but coach Steve Kerr said they would meet to make the decision as a team about whether they would attend.
Former White House photographer Pete Souza just posted this in response to Trump calling out Steph Curry and the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/jvz0kaJYXJ
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017
Trump has steadily built up an enmity against black sports figures who disagree with him, as evidenced by his attacks directed towards Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, his demand for an apology after Jemele Hill called out his racism, and now this response to Curry.
Trump has now attacked Jemele Hill, Colin Kaepernick, & Stephen Curry. All have something in common but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) September 23, 2017