'The Golden State Warriors players and coaches were set to make a joint decision as to whether or not they'd visit Trump to celebrate their 2016-17 NBA Championship at this season.'I don’t want to go,' Warriors All-Star and former NBA MVP Curry said at Friday's media day.
'That’s kind of the nucleus of my belief.''It’s not just me going to the White House,' he continued.
That prompted an angry response from Curry’s fellow superstar, James, who called Trump a ‘bum’ on his Twitter feed.
James defended his arch rival Curry after Trump withdrew an invitation to NBA champions Golden State Warriors to visit the White House.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard, the five-time champion NBA player and two-time champion NBA coach questioned if 'anyone ever thought that Donald Trump was a great leader?
'In a transcript that didn't make Ballard's article, he asked Kerr if Trump's personality could work as an NBA coach.'I think it probably could have worked twenty or thirty years ago,' said Kerr.
NBA superstar Le Bron James posted a video to social media on Saturday calling for national unity while explaining that he called President Donald Trump a 'bum' earlier in the day because he was ‘using sports as a platform to divide us.’‘I think it’s basically at a point where I’m a little frustrated because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again,’ the Cavaliers star said.‘Obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused.‘It has even hit more home for me now because he is now using sports as the platform to try to divide us.‘We all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care, the friendships and everything it creates.
He tweeted on Saturday: 'U bum @Stephen Curry30 already said he ain't going! Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!James mentioned ESPN broadcaster Jamele Hill and former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick, who have come under fire for ‘speaking up.’‘It’s for the greater cause,’ James said of Hill and Kaepernick. It’s not about division.’Hill generated controversy last week when she tweeted that Trump was a white supremacist.That earned her a rebuke from her bosses at ESPN, who stressed that on-air talent are contractually obligated to avoid comments on social media that could be interpreted as incendiary.He added that the White House has yet to extend a White House invitation, which customarily is made during a congratulatory call after a team has won a title.Traditionally, the reigning champions in major American team sports visit the White House when they're in Washington.
We as American people need to come together even stronger.” — @King James responds to @real Donald Trump’s comments.