Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Donald Trump rescinds Warriors' White House invitation, Ayesha Curry responds

Donald Trump rescinds Warriors' White House invitation, Ayesha Curry responds

On Saturday, the 28-year-old chef and author clapped back at the president with an eye-roll emoji on Twitter after he tweeted that her main squeeze as well as the 2017 National Basketball Association finals champs are not welcome to visit the White House. "That's really it. That's the nucleus of my belief".

Once again, the president has faced a backlash over his comments, with a number of sports figures expressing their support for National Football League colleagues and criticizing Trump, including Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, as well as National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.

Less than three hours later, LeBron James took to Twitter and hit back, calling Trump "u bum" and adding that "going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"

Curry had previously expressed reluctance to accept such an invitation, saying on Friday that the Warriors could "send a statement" by refusing to visit the White House.

After President Trump's tweets teams joined together.

Lebron James, NBA all-star and one of the nation's most high-profile athletes, released a video Saturday night to further explain why President Donald Trump must be challenged for his divisive language and behavior regarding racism, white supremacy, and his latest calls that professional athletes who do speak out on such issues should be fired or otherwised punished.

They said it was unnecessary for Trump to withdraw an invitation that was already rejected.

"Courageous patriots have fought and died for our great American flag - we must honor and respect it!" For him to try and use this platform to divide us even more, it's not something I can stand for and it's not something I could be quiet about.

Among the players to respond to Trump's statements was Chris Conley, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Trump is facing a wave of backlash for those comments.

The mother of Colin Kaepernick, Teresa Kaepernick, tweeted in response to the president's outburst: "Guess that makes me a proud bitch!" a comment that received more than 40,000 likes at the time of publishing. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is "unacceptable and needs to be addressed". Kerr admitted it was unlikely the Warriors would have visited the White House anyway as part of their championship celebration, as coaches and players didn't believe a civil discourse with the president was realistic.

"I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president", he said.

Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again - unless they win another title during the Trump presidency.

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