Continuing in his predictable fashion of not being able to stay quiet in the face of a slight, President Trump tweeted his displeasure about Steph Curry's public comments regarding his vote to not visit the White House as has been traditional for championship teams. Coupled with that, he rescinded the invitation for the team, and he went on to make comments in a speech Saturday disparaging the NFL and saying that football is being "ruined" by new rules and referees. As the New York Times reports, the President "urged N.F.L. owners to fire players who do not stand for the national anthem, suggested that football is declining because it is not as violent as it once was."
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
LeBron James responded to the tweet about Curry by tweeting "U bum" at President Trump, and the Warriors organization responded with their own statement.
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!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
"We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them," the Warriors' statement reads. "We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise."
The team added that they would use their February trip to DC to "celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion."
Trump's disinvitation comes just as the Warriors were set to take a vote as a team on whether or not to accept the ceremonial invitation for a White House visit something that they were reportedly intending to reject as early as June, shortly after the NBA championship win.
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017