LeBron James and Chris Paul are the first NBA players to come to Stephen Curry’s defense after President Donald Trump called out the Golden State Warriors star on Twitter for refusing to come to the White House if invited.
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
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, who is also the NBA Player Association’s president, defended Curry, while also bringing up comments Trump made a rally in Alabama on Friday night:
With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face...— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
Paul is referring to Trump’s comments where he called for NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to be fired.
After Curry announced he would choose not to go to the White House if invited Friday night, President Trump withdrew Curry’s invitation to the White House with a Tweet Saturday morning.
Steph Curry said his opinion on White House visit hasn't changed. He's said before he wouldn't go pic.twitter.com/7ZqTKshSzc— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 22, 2017
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Curry’s Warriors teammate Draymond Green joined James and Paul in calling out Trump:
Still wondering how this guy is running our country.... 🤔🤔🤔— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 23, 2017
And Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant also had words to say:
A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly "Make America Great Again"— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017