Basketball stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry have suggested that either of this year’s NBA finalists will turn down a visit to the White House to meet President Donald Trump. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are currently two games into their 2018 finals clash, with the match set to conclude on June 18.
Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with the NFL reached a new peak this week, when Super Bowl winners the Philadelphia Eagles declined an invitation to the White House. Trump responded to the snub by claiming that he actually cancelled the event before branding Eagles players ‘disrespectful’ for protesting the national anthem.
The focus has now shifted to the NBA finals, and whether the Cavs or the Warriors would also decline an invite to meet the POTUS. According to LeBron James, the decision is a simple one.
“I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway. It won’t be Cleveland or Golden State going,” said James during a press conference on Tuesday.
On the Eagles situation, James explained: “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.”
The Golden State Warriors have had their own issues with Trump in the past. Following their NBA finals victory in 2017, the Warriors were set for a presidential visit, until the offer was suddenly revoked by Trump.
“I hope to be in that situation and win two more games where we win a championship and obviously know what comes with that,” said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
“But I think I agree with LeBron. Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, kind of stay consistent with that.”