One of the team leaders criticized trump’s words on the need to dismiss players who do not stand during the national anthem
– U.S. President Donald trump said that withdrawing the invitation to the reception at the White house for the Champions of last season of the National basketball Association “Golden state Warriors”.
As noted by Sports Illustrated, this reaction trump was a continuation of a scandal in another sport – American football. For several months some NFL players defiantly don’t stand during the national anthem, and getting down on one knee. In this way they protest against “the treatment of blacks in the United States.” Among the initiators of such shares was Colin Copernicus, who was left without a team.
In the evening of 22 September, trump commented on the actions of players.
“Would you like to see some club owner the NFL, seeing that someone didn’t show respect for our flag says: “Get that son of a bitch off. Out. He’s fired,” said trump, speaking at an event in Alabama.
The sharp statements of the President of the United States was followed by the comments of basketball “Warriors” Stephen Curry, who stated that athletes use all available opportunities to draw attention to their concerns.
“You can talk about different people who said something and did something, from Copernicus and Michael Bennet (player was in the center of a scandal involving the police and accused them of racism – if) to other events that led to the changes in our country,” said Curry.
He also said that he would have voted against the campaign team at a traditional dinner in the White house.
Shortly after that, trump tweeted that the invitation was withdrawn.
“Invitation to the White house – it’s a huge honor for the team-champion. Stephen Curry is in doubt, then the invitation withdrawn,” wrote the American leader.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
Sports Illustrated notes that it is unknown whether it was sent an official invitation because the players always talked about the possibility of dinner, saying “if we call.”
The newspaper reminds that a basketball “Golden state Warriors” are the toughest critics of trump, is no respecter of persons spoke of him and coach Steve Kerr.