Every NBA player who has beef with Donald Trump
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Every NBA player who has beef with Donald Trump

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It’s safe to say that incumbent United States President Donald Trump is not a popular figure among NBA players these days.

Just a few years ago, NBA champions were thrilled to enjoy the perks of getting to go on a courtesy call to the White House. Back then, it meant exchanging pleasantries with former President Barack Obama — a big-time basketball fan and a beloved supporter of the league.

Nowadays, reigning NBA champions Toronto Raptors has followed the cue of the Golden State Warriors and skipped their White House visit.

This trend will likely continue as long as Trump is in power and if he wins his re-election bid in November.

Most NBA athletes’ indifference with Trump boils down to what he represents. The POTUS, after all, built up strong immigration laws and talked about constructing a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border. It also didn’t help that Trump publicly scorned several high profile NBA stars.

Here are players who have beef with Trump.

Stephen Curry

A lot of athletes had their reservations upon Trump’s inauguration, but they somehow managed to keep those thoughts to themselves.

That is until Donald Trump attacked one of their own in two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry back in 2017.

During the 2017 NBA Finals, Curry told reporters that he is personally opposed to visiting The White House with Trump in position.

“I don’t want to go. That’s kind of my nucleus and my belief. It’s not just me going to the White House. If it was, it would be a pretty sure conversation. Like I said, it’s the organization, it’s the team,” he said.

Curry’s statement soon reached Trump and he responded by “revoking” Curry and the rest of the defending champions’ invitation to Washington D.C.

Sure enough, Curry’s Dubs teammate Draymond Green came to his aid an aimed fire at the highest executive in the country.

This snowballed quickly for Trump, as other players spoke up and denounced Trump’s petty taken-back invitation.

LeBron James

LeBron is never one to back down from political issues and he boldly told Trump what he feels after the whole White House invitation debacle.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the ones taking on the Warriors in the Finals that year. Had they won the chip, James also proclaimed that they won’t be making the trip to D.C.

When Trump made a remark about how NFL players should be fired for disrespecting the flag by kneeling during the national anthem, James once again criticized the highest official in the land.

“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” he said. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything.”

In a CNN interview in 2018 for the launch of the “I Promise” School,  James once again took a shot at Trump.

“He’s dividing us. I noticed over the last few months that he’s used sport to divide us and that’s something that I can’t relate to because I know that sport was the first time I was ever around someone white,” he said.

Trump would then go on Twitter and questioned James’ intelligence.

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan

The late Kobe Bryant also didn’t have much love for the Republican leader. Bryant, who made several trips to the White House during his 20-year NBA career, had this to say.

The GOAT Michael Jordan, who is usually mum about political issues, also came to LeBron’s side.

Udonis Haslem

Another NBA vet irate of Trump’s actions was Miami Heat lifer Udonis Haslem. Like James, UD was also peeved about the President’s remarks on the whole Colin Kaepernick debacle.

“It’s like every time he opens his mouth, it’s like, `Oh, really?”‘ Haslem said. “When you think he can’t say anything like worse, he just kind of figures it out.”

“I don’t think President Trump wants to fight any of them defensive linemen or anybody in the NFL. Probably should just be respectful,” he added.

Young generation speaks up

The young stars of today’s game showed just how “woke” they were when they also used their platform to express their disdain for Trump.

Karl Anthony Towns pointed out that the President has more pressing issues to tend to, while Bradley Beal and Donovan Mitchell went as far as calling him a clown.