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Pro athletes unload on Trump after national anthem comments

Samson X Horne
| Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reach for a loose ball during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reach for a loose ball during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

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:

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."

Again, Paul:

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.

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:

Folks also found humor in the situation. ESPN commentator Michael Smith:

Samson X Horne is a digital producer for Trib Total Media.

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