After Calling Trump A Bum, LeBron James Records Message That Leaves Conservatives Outraged

President Donald Trump’s war of words with professional athletes has carried over to social media. On Friday, the commander-in-chief took umbrage with NFL players that protest the National Anthem. Trump’s remarks struck a nerve across the professional sports landscape, and NBA players got pulled into the fray. As the Daily Mail shares, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry indicated that he had no desire to visit the White House, as is customary for championship teams of the major sports.   

Trump wasn’t real pleased to hear that, and he took to social media to vent.

“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote.

That prompted LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers to offer up his take on the situation.

“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!” James wrote.

The remarks from one of the NBA’s biggest stars stuck out like a sore thumb, and James tried to provide some more context for his remarks.

“I think it’s basically at a point where I’m a little frustrated because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again. Obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused,” James said. “It has even hit more home for me now because he is now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. We all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care, the friendships and everything it creates.”

Those are all fair points, and we can certainly understand the frustration. However, referring to the man that occupies the highest office in the land as a ‘bum’ does little to take care of the divide that James is upset about. In fact, it exacerbates it even further. Trump has certainly done his share of that as well, but James can do a lot more good by staying above the fray and articulating his points without insults. After he cooled off, James was able to more clearly express his point. There’s a gigantic lesson in there for James, Trump, and anyone else that has a point to make about the issue.  

“For him to try and use this platform to divide us even more is not something I can stand for and it’s not something I can be quiet about,” James added. “You look at him asking the NFL owners to get rid of players off the field because they’re exercising their rights – and that’s not right. And then when I wake up I see that a colleague of mine (Stephen Curry) has been uninvited to something that he said he didn’t want to go in the first place [at] the White House – that’s something I can’t stand for.”

Well said. If James had simply explained that at the beginning without feeling the need to call the President of the United States a ‘bum,’ even more credence would be given to what he had to say on the matter. After resorting to insults, the remainder of what he has to say turns into white noise. The same holds true for Trump, and it would be lovely if he could lead by example here as we move forward.

Source: MailOnline
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