Trump withdraws Curry's invitation to White House, LeBron James blasts back

(KGTV) -- It's been a sports-filled weekend for President Donald Trump, and it's only Saturday morning.

Trump made headlines late Friday night following a rally speech in which he told NFL team owners they should fire players for taking a knee during the National Anthem, and also criticized referees for ruining the game by penalizing hard hits.  

Hours later, Trump took to twitter and turned his attention to 2017 NBA champion Stephen Curry.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!," Trump tweeted.

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Curry, Kevin Durant -- two of basketball's biggest stars -- and several members of the 2017 NBA champions Golden State Warriors said during the team's media day Friday that they didn't want to celebrate their title at the White House.

Championship-winning teams -- from little league, collegiate, and professional ranks -- are invited to D.C. for a ceremony hosted by the president, but the custom has become a hot-button issue since Trump took office.

Curry told reporters he doesn't want to go to the White House in hopes of inspiring "some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to."

“My views haven’t changed at all. I don’t know if anybody’s changed. But that’s where I stand right now,” Curry said. “I don’t want to go. That’s my nucleus of my belief.”

He also acknowledged that the team would make that decision together.

"Just like our country, every opinion counts and matters. Based on the conversations we've had in the past and what people have said to the media, to each other, I know pretty much where everybody kind of stands on it," the two-time MVP said.

"So for us to just really take the time to understand the magnitude of this decision and the right thing to do, the right way to go about it is important."

Warriors team officials had said Friday that an official decision on whether they would make the trip to D.C. would be announced in the coming days. 

"We haven't had a chance to be together. This summer everybody gets scattered, so it's just important for everybody to express their views, not only players but coaches and management and ownership, and we haven't had that opportunity," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "So it's not anything we've really given a ton of thought but we will meet over the next couple of days and decide what we want to do."

Of course, that was before the president rescinded his invitation. The Warriors have not yet responded to Trump's tweet.

It's not clear is revoking his invitation to Curry or the entire team.

Meanwhile, NBA star LeBron James, who celebrated three championships at the White House during President Barack Obama's presidency, blasted Trump on Twitter.

"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 said.

 

 

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