Donald Trump threw a Twitter-fit over the Philadelphia Eagles and claimed that the football team was “disrespectful to our country” because they kneeled during the national anthem. But, that’s just not true. In fact, none of the members of the Eagles kneeled this season. The real reason Trump disinvited the team was that fewer than five players were going to the White House. That’s five out of ninety players. To Donald Trump, size matters.
It’s not just football, though. It’s basketball, too.
LeBron James said that no matter which team wins the NBA Finals, neither one will be going to the White House. “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyways,” he said. “It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
LeBron James on Trump taking back invite from Eagles: “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyways.” pic.twitter.com/YMWwkwqR8t
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) June 5, 2018
“I agree with ‘Bron,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that he was not surprised by Trump’s decision to disinvite the Eagles.
Stephen Curry: “I agree with LeBron. The way we handled things last year … we’ll stay consistent with that.”
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 5, 2018
“It will be nice when things get back to normal in three years,’ Kerr said.
Last year, the Warriors were uninvited to the White House after Curry said that he didn’t want to go.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
James responded to that via Twitter by calling Trump a “bum.”
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
Politico reported that the White House believed that the Eagles attempted to publicly humiliate Trump by sending only two or three players, the owner, and the mascot. As it happens, Trump just isn’t very popular. That “u bum” post was shared more than any other tweet from an athlete in all of 2017.
Kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful to the flag. It’s a silent form of protest against racial inequality and police brutality.
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