USA sports stars slam Donald Trump's national anthem jibe

USA sports stars slam Donald Trump's national anthem jibe”

Joining a chorus of team owners, coaches, athletes and other celebrities who have expressed support of Kaepernick, Rapaport skewered Trump over his comments and filmed himself taking a knee in solidarity with the National Football League player.

Political editor Asawin Suebsaeng spoke with multiple senior White House staff who said were "forced to mount full-throated defenses of the president's prolonged campaign of hate-tweeting the National Football League and its players". And on Saturday, Trump fired back, saying Curry wasn't invited anyway. President Donald Trump made a decision to take on some of the biggest names in pro sports Friday and Saturday, including Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

Things that haven't really irked him: Russian attacks on US democracy, white supremacist violence, Nazis and the KKK.

President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for National Basketball Association champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation Saturday from league executives and star players alike.

"While we meant 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", the Warriors said in a statement.

But Curry late last week said he wouldn't be attending, and Trump in response tweeted that Curry was no longer invited. "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".

Trump continued: "that's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for, OK?"

With his attacks on activist athletes, President Donald Trump plunged into the middle of his favorite kind of drama - personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.

This is bigger than sports, and athletes have First Amendment rights to speak up for what they believe in just as much as anyone else, especially because their words and actions have more potential to make a difference when it comes to getting people talking about the issues facing the country. "And if anyone ever tells you that you can not come to D.C., tell them Mayor Bowser invited you".

Potentially the boldest response to Trump came from the Warriors' chief rival, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers: "U bum @ StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!"

People on social media have also expressed support for Kaepernick and other protesting athletes.

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