On Saturday, after President Trump said Stephen Curry no longer was welcome to visit the White House in recognition of the Golden State Warriors’ NBA title, a number of NBA stars and other pro athletes offered their support of the Warriors’ guard. Most prominent was LeBron James, whose team has faced Golden State in the last three NBA Finals, losing two of them.
It’s safe to say that, despite the lack of a clarifying comma here, he’s not calling Curry a “bum” here.
James later explained his tweet in a two-minute video he uploaded on Uninterrupted.
“I think it’s basically at a point where I’m just a little frustrated,” he said. “Because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again and obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused.”
James added that Trump invoking sports particularly irked him “because he’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us and we all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care, the friendships and everything that it creates.”
“For him to try to use it as his platform to divide us even more is not something I could stand for and is not something I could be quiet about. You know, you just look at him kind of asking the NFL owners to get rid of players off the field because they’re exercising their rights, and that’s not right. Then, you know, when I wake up and see a colleague of mine has been uninvited of something he said he didn’t want to go to in the first place, you know, to the White House, that’s just something I can’t stand for. You know, we got Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick and all these people are speaking up — it’s for the greater cause; it’s for us to all come together. It’s not about division, it’s not about dividing. We, as the American people, just actually need to come together even more stronger, man, because this is a very critical time and me being in the position that I’m in, I had to voice this to ya’ll. So, love ya’ll man.”
While James refrained from calling Trump names in his follow-up comments, it’s hard to imagine Trump tweeting anything nice about James in the future, unlike in the past.
On Saturday, others echoed James’s sentiments regarding Trump’s Curry comment plus his speech Friday night in Alabama, when he profanely said any NFL player who protests the national anthem should be “fired.”
Draymond Green, Curry’s teammate, has a question:
Kobe Bryant weighed in:
Here’s the Wizards’ Bradley Beal:
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy pulled no punches.
And ESPN’s Jemele Hill is back tweeting her political observations.
LeBron’s friend and banana boat co-captain, Chris Paul, spoke up:
Robert Griffin III:
Curry was lauded by Mr. October himself:
Finally, the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: