No matter who wins the NBA title, neither the Warriors nor the Cavaliers have any interest in being invited to President Trump’s White House.
“No matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway, so it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going,” LeBron James said Tuesday, also adding that Trump uninviting the Eagles the night before they were scheduled to make a Super Bowl visit is “typical of him,” and “I’m not surprised.”
Steph Curry seconded the notion. Last year, the Warriors had their championship invite to visit Trump’s White House withdrawn, too.
"I agree with ‘Bron,” Curry told reporters. “Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, we'd stay consistent with that."
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James, who once called Trump a “bum,” teed off on the pouty President for politicizing a sporting event. According to reports, fewer than 10 Eagles were expected to attend the White House photo-op Tuesday afternoon in protest of Trump, who has viciously attacked the NFL and activist players and gone out of his way to unfairly and inaccurately portray them as un-American. Trump uninvited the team Monday night.
While Fox News took cues from Trump and wrongly portrayed Eagles players kneeling during the anthem (the network used images of players kneeling in prayer instead because no Eagles players actually took a knee last year), James was asked if the President’s rhetoric is widening the divide in American society.
“I think as long as he’s in office, the communication and things like that are going to continue to happen,” James said. “There’s a lot of things we believe in as Americans and we don’t feel that he’s for. There’s a lot of people that believe that he’s not for the people or doing things as right by the people, so it’s not surprising hearing the news today about the Eagles.
“But I think, more importantly, as Americans and especially people in Philadelphia shouldn’t let that news take away from what that unbelievable team did and accomplished, what all those players did to sacrifice each and every Sunday, going out and playing the style of football that they played, winning a Super Bowl the way they won it. Let’s not let that accomplishment — things that you will have for the rest of your life — people will always call you a champion for the rest of your life, let’s not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment because I think think the championship of winning a Super Bowl, or winning a Stanley Cup, or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or a national championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House.
“Especially with him in there," he said. "In my opinion.”