LeBron James does not appear to be a fan of President Donald Trump. That’s true of Steph Curry too. Both LeBron and Steph Curry revealed before game 3 of the NBA finals that they don’t want an invite to the White House if their respective teams win.
What exactly did LeBron James say about Trump? “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway. It won’t be Cleveland or Golden State going,” James said, according to ESPN, which wrote that the remark was made in an off-day news conference before game 3.
For his part, President Trump says neither team is getting an invite. “I didn’t invite LeBron James, and I didn’t invite Steph Curry. We’re not going to invite either team,” Trump told reporters on June 8, 2018.
It’s not the first time the two NBA stars have tangled with Trump.
Here’s what you need to know:
LeBron James Previously Called the President a ‘Bum’
Last year, LeBron called Trump a “bum” on Twitter when Trump called out Steph Curry for not wanting to go to the White House then. “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!” he wrote in 2017.
Here’s another view:
Trump had written on Twitter, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
James Said After 2018’s Game 2 That He Doesn’t Feel Trump Believes What He Does
James had a lot more to say about Trump in 2018 after game 2, adding that the president’s decision to rescind an invite to the Philadelphia Eagles was “typical of him.” According to ESPN, this is what he said:
As long as he’s in office, then the communication and things like that are going to continue to happen. It’s a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don’t feel that he’s for. There are a lot of people that believe that he’s not for the people or doing things that’s right by the people. So, it’s not surprising hearing the news today with the Eagles. But I think more importantly, as Americans and especially people in Philadelphia, we shouldn’t let that news take away from what that unbelievable team did and accomplished, what all those players did to sacrifice throughout each and every Sunday, going out and playing the style of football that they played and winning a Super Bowl the way they won it.
Let’s not let that accomplishment of things that you will have for the rest of your life, and people will always call you a champion for the rest of your life, let’s not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment,” he continued. “Because I think the championship — winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or national championship — is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there, in my opinion.
According to Rolling Stone, Steph Curry doesn’t want an invite this year, either. Specifically, the Golden State Warrior said his team won’t go to the White House if they win the NBA Finals, Rolling Stone reported, quoting Curry as saying this:
I know a guy from the Eagles, wide receiver who played on the Super Bowl-winning team last year, and he broke it down pretty verbatim of how his process went with his discussions with his teammates and how he wanted to keep the focus on what the conversation should be and not the anthem and not Trump’s policies and how he’s been overshadowing the NFL and all that type of stuff. So, that’s refreshing that he’s educating people along the way. I think that’s important. If you focus on who is saying the right things, you shouldn’t get lost in the noise that’s going on right now.
Steve Kerr isn’t much of a Trump fan either.
Kevin Durant agreed with LeBron and Steph, ESPN reported, quoting him as saying, “We get it at this point. It’s good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”
Trump used the rescinding of the Eagles’ invite to make a broader, controversial point about football players kneeling during the National Anthem. The debate has focused on free speech arguments and the meaning of patriotism. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins responded with this: