Going to the White House Was a Great Honor Until Donald Trump Showed Up!

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President Trump is turning professional sports into a political battleground. He has shifted his full-throated ire toward African American athletes who have spoken out against him. On Friday he said he would love to see NFL owners fire players who kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Several athletes have been kneeling to protest treatment of blacks by police.

His remarks have prompted a sharp rebuttal from the National Football League and the two most prominent basketball players in the world. One of them, Lebron James, even went the extra mile expressing his discomfort admitting that going to the White House was a great honor until Donald Trump showed up!

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Trump has agitated the most powerful sports league in America and angered NBA superstars Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Friday that the team had “had discussions” with the White House in regards to a the visit, and that it would make a decision after meeting as an organization. Curry – and other Warriors players, including Kevin Durant – had previously made it clear that he would not attend a visit to Trump’s White House. Curry reiterated his intentions on Friday at Warriors media day. “I don’t want to go,” he said bluntly.

Those plans were done in by a tweet that President Donald Trump sent out Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after Warriors star Stephen Curry confirmed that he did not want to go to the White House:

Now the Golden State Warriors have confirmed that they will not visit the White House. The team released the following statement Saturday afternoon:

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“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.”

The latest happenings is a proof that Trump talks about politics at odd moments.

Though he seems to speak to a core of America that supports him, his offensive comments, inappropriate remarks, and harsh language is turning off even more those who voted against him. His party and his White House are reeling crisis after crisis.

The man shows no regret, at least when he continues to rant off the cuff as he did Friday and Saturday morning against professional sport stars.

We have seen that in moments of national crisis or tragedy, presidents typically shed their political skin, at least briefly. They use the broad appeal of the presidency to unite and soothe, urging citizens to remember their humanity, their common bonds as Americans.

Trump as president has not done that. Never!

Athletes in the NFL and NBA have brought their political activism to a national conversation on race. During a post-game interview in 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a protest—explaining his position—stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, adding that he would continue to protest during the anthem until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”.

Colin Kaepernick’s attempt to shed light on racial injustice in the NFL preseason by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem has gained traction in the athletic world, with athletes from all sports — particularly in the NFL.

President Trump – and absolutely his base of supporters – have shown disgust for the protests. He, who was a one-time football team owner, is ratcheting up his rhetoric against professional sports and some of their stars, profanely criticizing NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. But the league and some athletes are giving it back to him.

The problem for Trump is that he continues to show his true colors. His comments, harsh language tweets, and divisive remarks to continuously energize his supporters at his political rallies, are making him look more unfit to hold the office of President of the United States.

After his statement on Charlottesville, Virginia, people from all walks of life have been more resolved to accuse the President of being a racist and favoring white supremacist policies. Now his criticisms, directed primarily at black athletes, are reminiscent of how Trump fanned racial flames in August by repeatedly equating the actions of both sides after the death of a woman who was protesting against a demonstration by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Confederate heritage groups in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We never heard of such disruption when Obama was president. We never heard anyone from the Obama’s administration calling for the firing of private citizens, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called for ESPN to fire reporter Jemele Hill for calling Trump a white supremacist on Twitter.

We never heard Obama, nor any previous president, criticize the NFL for taking safety measures meant to reduce the number of head injuries that have caused players lasting brain damage.

And the list goes on and on, and on.

And there’s no doubt that for athletes, going to the White House must have been a great honor, until Donald Trump showed up!

Also, watch @KingJames respond to @realDonaldTrump’s comments on UNINTERRUPTED:

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Trump took aim at black athletes in NFL and NBA. Athletes fired back. Now, it does seem going to White House was a great honor until Donald Trump showed up!

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