Op-Ed: Trump should stick to politics, not sports

Only a day or two after calling NFL players “son of bitches” for kneeling during the National Anthem, Donald “The Donald” Trump has managed to receive backlash from yet another professional sports league, the NBA, by using his favorite form of communication – a tweet.

I would love to say I expect more class from our president, but, truly, I don’t. The Donald has rolled in bigotry and racism like a pig in mud since before he decided to run for president.

The 2x NBA Champion, 2x MVP, and 4x NBA All-Star Stephen Curry remarked how he, like other athletes, did not want to visit The White House under Trump’s administration. Trump, offended, tweeted, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore the invitation is withdrawn!”

One, Curry wasn’t hesitating, he had fully made up his mind; and, two, how can you withdraw an invitation from someone who doesn’t want go anyway?

His tweet caused the response of many NBA players, including the love him or hate him, LeBron James, who referred to Trump as “U bum!” in his tweet. NBA Player’s Association president and Houston Rockets’ point guard, Chris Paul, made his own series of tweets, typing Trump wouldn’t call one of the players “a son of a bitch to their face.” He also wondered why Trump was concerned with who did and didn’t want to visit the White House, especially with everything else going on in the world.

Aside from “u bum” being one of my new favorite insults, Trump has really done it this time. In an effort to, I guess, shame players, he has done nothing but anger them. It might work on NFL players, whose brains are so addled with injuries from bad concussion policies that they no longer can distinguish when they are being made fools of, but NBA players will not stand for this.
Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, is also backing his players, saying he’s “proud” of them for speaking out, although he stated he was also “disappointed” that the players would not have their chance to share their views directly with Trump

Honestly? I don’t think the players cared, nor do I think Trump would’ve listened, but I digress. Another article, another day.

Trump is a child with a big ego, and his latest fiasco, like all his others, will blow over – in the NBA anyway.

At least since the Curry and his Warriors won’t be visiting the White House, they can be on the court, practicing to take down the superteam hopefuls of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma Thunder.

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