LeBron James led the way in the NBA world defending Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors as they were attacked by POTUS Donald Trump. The comments of Trump saw him decline an offer to Curry for saying he did not want to visit the White House due to the bigotry displayed by the current administration.
James was the first to call out Trump in what has become the most popular tweet ever by an athlete. Kobe Bryant and other NBA names joined in making their voices known.
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
A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly "Make America Great Again"
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017
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
I support the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors, their owners, players and fans.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2017
Many athletes try to keep their voice out of politics, but the dynamic has changed. It is no longer about politics and more so about human rights. The NBA stars are vocal defending each other and supporting the desire for equality and inclusiveness.