The Warriors had planned to meet as a team and decide whether they wanted to go to the White House. Kevin Durant had previously said he doesn't want to go, and Stephen Curry said the same on Friday. So on Saturday morning, Donald Trump tweeted the team is no longer invited.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
For clarity, Curry was not "hesitating." He said, verbatim, “I don’t want to go."
Following Trump's tweet, several people in the sports world reacted, but perhaps the most noticeable voice was from LeBron James who called Trump a "bum" in a Twitter response.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
James issued a more in-depth response in a video later in the day.
"It’s not about dividing," James said. "We as American people need to come together even stronger."
Of course James wasn't the only NBA player to have a reaction. Members of the Warriors, and other players chimed in on Trump's tweet throughout Saturday afternoon.
NBA players respond to Donald Trump on Twitter
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
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
Still wondering how this guy is running our country....— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 23, 2017
A #POTUS who's name alone creates division and anger. Who's words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly "Make America Great Again"— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017
— David West (@D_West30) September 23, 2017
How you gonna withdraw an invite that somebody already said they weren't attending?— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) September 23, 2017
As Trump continues to make comments about sports stars, expect those very same players to make their own comments to defend themselves.
Trump also issued a follow-up response on his Twitter account, but it was directed more towards NFL players:
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"
Expect much more back-and-forth as this continues.