Not content with just taking a run at NFL players, Donald Trump took time out of his day on Saturday to tweet: Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!
This of course came on the heels of the news that the Warriors were going to meet as a team to discuss whether or not they would attend the White House and Curry saying on Friday that he was going to vote that they not attend. And it created quite the firestorm. How big? Big enough that a 10-time All-Star was traded and that story vanished without a trace.
The Warriors responded with a statement that read: ‘While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise. In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.’
Here was Steph responding to it on Saturday.
I’m not sure what’s weirder – the president tweeting about White House visits or the president trying to revoke an invitation from someone who didn’t want to come in the first place. Tie for last.
As Chris Paul tweeted: With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #stayinyolane
And then chased that with: And I doubt he’s man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face…
Bradley Beal pointed the other issue: How you gonna withdraw an invite that somebody already said they weren’t attending?
Kobe Bryant weighed in: A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger, whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again”
They were part of a large group of NBA players who came pretty strong on twitter, but nobody brought the heat like LeBron James. @kingjames tweeted: U bum. Stephen Curry already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
And he followed up with a video on Uninterrupted:
So let’s take a step back and let what just happened really soak in. The 4-time MVP, one of the greatest players in NBA history, called the president a “bum.” That is an incredible moment in history. Marinate in that one for a while. Arguably the most dominant player since 45 just glossed president 45 a bum. Welcome to 2017, y’all. The president is tweeting about sports and one of the greatest to lace ‘em up is calling him a bum. What a time to be alive.
There have been plenty of great tweets in the history of WWW.TWITTER.COM, but it’s nearly impossible to top one that starts with “U Bum.” That is truly legendary. And it’s worth nothing that it’s not like LeBron and Steph are tight. Quite the opposite. Steph beat him for a pair of rings and MVP trophies, which shows just how much this whole thing bothered LeBron.
But let me make one thing perfectly clear: just because the three-time NBA champ called the president a bum does not mean that bumsmack is back. It’s not back now and it will never be back.
I don’t want to see any tweets about the president using a pizza box as a briefcase, a shrimp as a Bluetooth. He won’t be stealing bread from ducks.
He’s not using a shopping cart as Air Force One or a deflated football as the nuclear football.
He’s not using a phone booth as “The Situation Room.”
He won’t be wearing a croissant as a bow tie at state dinners or baked potatoes as slippers. He won’t be using an old phonebook as a teleprompter, a newspaper rack as a podium or a trashcan lid as the presidential seal.
He’s not going to steal brochures from a hotel and call them his “presidential library.”
He won’t be using a birdbath as “the reflecting pool.” Or an old mattress as the Lincoln Bedroom. He won’t be referring to an underpass as “The West Wing,” a traffic circle as “The Oval Office” or a McDonald’s dumpster as “The Rose Garden.”
Knock it off. There is nothing funny about mental illness, poverty, or any of the other issues that contribute to chronic homelessness. There’s nothing funny about someone taking bread from ducks in order to eat. Bumsmack is not back and it’s never coming back. No matter who calls who a bum. It’s over. Stop it. Move along.