President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning that the Golden State Warriors are not welcome to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship. Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
Bad news for sports fans who wish their sports would remain politics-free: the nation’s lead politician has fired off his own sports hot take, and that means “stick to sports” is dead and gone. During a Friday night rally in Alabama, President Trump took a moment to focus on the NFL, and in just a few paragraphs obliterated whatever lines still exist between politics and sports, while managing the remarkable feat of bringing together both the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association to denounce his characterizations of the game.
President Donald Trump, while speaking at a political rally Friday, said NFL fans should boycott games and team owners should fire players who fail to stand for the national anthem prior to games. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith both released statements early Saturday responding to the president's comments. And throughout Saturday, NFL owners and CEOs responded as well, releasing statements disagreeing with President Trump's remarks.
In the last 24 hours, President Donald Trump has criticized NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem and NBA superstar Steph Curry for expressing ambivalence about whether or not to attend the traditional White House celebration for champions in professional sports.
Side by side, arm linked in arm, player-owner-player. Marcedes Lewis. Shahid Khan. Telvin Smith. It will serve as an iconic image on a day of unprecedented protest and unity in the NFL. Donald Trump called the mothers of players who protest during the playing of the national anthem “bitches,” demanded said protesters be summarily fired and encouraged a boycott of the National Football League. The Jacksonville Jaguars, from ownership down to the last of the roster, responded by saying no, not here, not now, not in this sport.
In the last 48 hours, President Donald Trump made “sticking to sports” impossible, because he stuck it to sports. Or, more specifically, to athletes of color who dared protest police brutality through peaceful demonstration at NFL games, or decided not to be a human political commercial for a president whose words, deeds and actions they find abhorrent by visiting the White House. Trump said NFL players who “take a knee” during the national anthem are “sons of bitches” who should be fired by some of the rich Caucasian team owners that contributed funds to his inauguration. That unleashed a firestorm of backlash from NFL players, the vast majority of them black.