Donald Trump won’t issue White House invitation to NBA Finals winner
President Donald Trump made yet another predictable move — saying he won’t extend an invitation to whichever team wins this year’s NBA Finals.
“I didn’t invite LeBron James, and I didn’t invite Steph Curry. We’re not going to invite either team,” Trump told reporters before departing for Canada, where he will participate in the G7 Summit, according to Tom Schad of USA TODAY Sports.
“But we have other teams that are coming. If you look, we had Alabama — national champion. We had Clemson, national champion. We had the New England Patriots. We had the Pittsburgh Penguins last year.”
Trump previously uninvited the Warriors after a Media Day presser showed Stephen Curry saying his preference would be to not attend, following the Golden State Warriors’ 2017 NBA title.
LeBron James followed recently, saying that regardless of who wins the championship, neither team would be willing to come to the White House with Trump as the president. He was shortly backed up by Curry, Kevin Durant, and Steve Kerr, who also condemned Trump for pulling the invitation from the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles, and for not inviting WNBA reigning champions Minnesota Lynx.
Trump followed his initial statement with another pompous display of arrogance, this time surrounding the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
“I think we’ll have the Caps. We’ll see,” Trump told reporters. “You know, my attitude is if they want to be here, the greatest place on Earth, I’m here. If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.”
Perhaps the greatest contrast has been going from one of the most sports-enthusiastic presidents in Barack Obama to one of the most polarizing figures at the helm of the nation in Trump, causing a massive divide in the sports world.