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LeBron James responded Saturday to President Donald Trump’s comments on the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry by calling Trump a “bum” and suggesting it was no longer an honor to visit the White House.
Trump tweeted Saturday morning that he had “withdrawn” his invitation to the Warriors to visit the White House and celebrate their 2017 championship win.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.
While it was unclear whether or not Trump actually extended an invitation to the Warriors, Curry told ESPN on Friday that he did not want to attend the ceremony if it happened. James pointed to those comments in his response to the president.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite,” tweeted James, the three-time NBA champion. “Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, was a vocal supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and visited the White House during President Barack Obama’s tenure.
In the past, Trump has called James “a great player and a great guy.”
James also released a video a few hours after the initial tweet, explaining in more detail his position.
“I think it’s basically at a point where I’m a little frustrated, man, because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again” James said via his Uninterrupted platform. “Obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused. Now it’s hit home more for me because he’s now using sports as the platform to try and divide us.”
Watch the full video:
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017
Other NBA players also spoke out after Trump’s tweet. James’ teammate JR Smith implored Obama to come back to the White House.
“@BarackObama we need you back ASAP,” Smith tweeted.
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul also went after Trump via Twitter.
“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane,” Paul said. “And I doubt he’s man enough to call any of those players a son of a b—- to their face…”
NBA legend Kobe Bryant also expressed his distaste with the president’s comments on Twitter.
“A #POTUS who’s name alone creates division and anger,” Bryant tweeted. Who’s words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly ‘Make America Great Again’.”