Donald Trump ripped NFL players at campaign rally Friday night in Alabama for not standing during the national anthem, saying owners should fire them for the protests.
Trump first blasted NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick at a raucous campaign rally , saying players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired and fans should leave games.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired,'” Trump said. Then, Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional champions’ trip to Washington
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Players from both pro sports leagues responded, and they didn’t hold back.LeBron James, who is vice president of the NBA Players Association, was not the only pro athlete to take issue with Trump’s weekend critiques of Curry and Colin Kaepernick, the latter of whom Trump referred to as a “son of a bitch” for his habit of declining to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America. James called out the president for his swipe at Curry.
“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!” James tweeted.
Retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant slammed the president saying: “A #POTUS who’s name alone creates division and anger. Who’s words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again””
A #POTUS who’s name alone creates division and anger. Who’s words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again”
Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who doubles as the president of the NBA Players’ Association, chimed in.
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
For President !!!
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) 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
ESPN host Jemele Hill, who recently targeted the president when she called him a “white supremacist” welcomed Curry to the club then addressed Trump by saying: “You can’t be uninvited to something you weren’t going to anyway.”
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, also pushed back on Trump’s remarks, calling Trump’s comments “divisive” and demonstrative of “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL