When the President of the United States feels the need to post every feeling he ever has on Twitter, he’s bound to get some reactions out of people. Sometimes it’s the lack of response that gets the biggest reactions, but this is not one of those cases.
Let’s give some context to the situation at hand. Golden State Warriors player, Stephen Curry, told ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols that he would vote against going to the White House to celebrate the Warrior’s championship.
Like a child picking and choosing who they want to give a valentine to in class, Donald Trump immaturely revoked the invitation to the White House via Twitter, of course.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
Other players on the team had reiterated Curry’s thoughts on the matter, so by withdrawing his invitation, he’s basically shunning the entire team. Curry is a leader, the MVP, someone people look up to in the sporting world, and that power transcends the basketball court.
When LeBron saw this tweet from the country’s leader, he couldn’t stand by and have one of his comrades take the hit alone. He responded with a burn that has no comparison:
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
He called the President a bum, he called him out on his childish response to hearing someone doesn’t want to meet with him and told him that he has tainted a landmark of our country. Bold accusations on such a public platform, but that’s how things are dealt with these days.
LeBron retweeted a response that he made to his tweet to try and explain further why he made these remarks.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017
It’s the silence from Trump during the KKK riots in Charlottesville and the impulsive reactions towards an NBA star that made LeBron feel the need to speak up.
When Curry found out that LeBron stood up for him, he only had praise for the man.
“It’s bold. It’s courageous for any guy to speak up, let alone a guy who has as much to lose as LeBron does.”
— LetsGoWarriors??? (@LetsGoWarriors) September 23, 2017
The reigning thought by the majority of people is usually that athletes should stay out of politics, but when the President publicly calls out athletes on social media for their opinions, there’s a serious problem.
Whether it’s the NBA or the NFL, Trump is attacking freedom of speech where he shouldn’t, and staying silent when he shouldn’t.
“I will in my voice, I will in my passion, I will in my money, I will in my resources to my youth and my inner city and outside my inner city to let these kids know that there is hope, there is greater walks of life, and not one individual, no matter if it’s the president of the United States…can stop your dreams from becoming a reality.” – LeBron James