MANILA, Philippines－ “It’s surreal, to be honest."
That was Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s initial reaction upon discovering that US President Donald Trump publicly uninvited his team for a White House visit.
A day after Curry addressed the media and relayed that he would rather decline a visit to the presidential residence, Trump made it known through his Twitter account on Saturday, September 23 (Sunday in Manila) that his invitation was formally withdrawn.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a Championship team,” Trump wrote on the platform. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Speaking to the Washington Post, the two-time MVP said that the whole thing felt ‘surreal,’ and that he couldn’t understand Trump’s need to single him out on social media.
“It’s surreal, to be honest,” replied Curry. “I don’t know why he feels the need to target certain individuals, rather than others.”
“I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath a leader of a country to go that route. That’s not what leaders do.”
Several NBA players, including LeBron James, came to the defense of Curry and their fellow athletes following Trump’s public outburst.
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
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
“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House?” tweeted Chris Paul.
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
It's ok @warriors, in a few months @realDonaldTrump probably won't be able to visit the White House either — Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) September 23, 2017
"It's ok @warriors, in a few months @realDonaldTrump probably won't be able to visit the White House either," Robin Lopez tweeted. (READ: Fil-Am NFL star Baldwin believes 'dehumanized' Trump’s comments can unify sports world)
In response, Curry lauded his fellow league players for being “courageous” in speaking up.
LeBron stood up for Steph Curry. Steph returned in kind. pic.twitter.com/JDdn19JzyR — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2017
NBA commissioner Adam Silver also released a statement Saturday, saying that while he was initially in favor of the defending champions visiting the White House to converse with Trump, he was proud of the players “for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.”
Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the Golden State Warriors not being invited to visit the White House pic.twitter.com/6RS3k54cEB — NBA (@NBA) September 23, 2017
The Trump-NBA feud was just one of the issues the American president went off about on Twitter, as he also slammed NFL players’ game protests in a span of 24 hours.－Rappler.com