Pro athletes unload on Trump after national anthem comments
Professional athletes across the nation seem not too pleased with President Donald Trump's statements about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and his reneging on an invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors team to visit the White House.
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul suggested that the president has more pressing issues at hand:
With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
During a rally in Alabama, Trump on Friday referred to any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem as a "son of a bitch" and suggested that they should be fired. Most players who have knelt during the anthem are black.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend last year when he played for the team. He said he was against what he perceived as mistreatment of minorities by law enforcement. After opting out of a contract with the 49ers, Kaepernick hasn't been signed by an NFL team for this season.
Columnist Shaun King calls Trump's comments "absolutely disgusting."
The very moment Trump calls Black NFL players 'son of a bitch' and yells that they should be fired. Absolutely disgusting. pic.twitter.com/i8nXlZVcLp— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017
And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face...— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
In a tweet we can't show here, Buffalo Bills running back and former Pitt Panther LeSean "Shady" McCoy returned the favor to Trump by calling him an expletive and saying "It's really sad man..."
If offensive language wasn't enough Friday, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to rescind his invitation to visit the White House to Steph Curry, star of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Curry had already said publicly that he didn't have any interest in meeting Trump at the White House.
NBA superstar LeBron James, whose team lost to Curry and company in the 2017 NBA finals, had this message for Trump:
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
Folks also found humor in the situation. ESPN commentator Michael Smith:
Look at Trump, managing to unite the Cavs and Warriors #sticktosports— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) September 23, 2017
Samson X Horne is a digital producer for Trib Total Media.