U.S. territory Puerto Rico is in utter ruins, with nearly the entire island without power and a failing dam threatening tens of thousands of people, on Saturday.
High-stake tensions as international worries continue about North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons and the U.S. military's provocative show of force with South Korea.
But on Saturday morning, a day after calling on NFL owners to fire players who protest over racial justice issues, what is President of the United States Donald Trump tweeting about? Another black professional athlete that isn't doing what Trump thinks is appropriate.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
Aimed at Steph Curry, NBA All-Star and member of last year's championship-winning Golden State Warriors, the attempted "disinvitation" comes after Curry on Friday said he would not attend the traditional White House reception due to objections over Trump's history of racist and demeaning statements towards people of color, women, and other minority groups.
Lebron James, one of the league's most high-profile players, was having none of it:
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
As ESPN reports Saturday:
There had been no previous indication of a White House invitation for the Warriors. ESPN reported late Thursday night that the NBA had been in communication with the White House on the matter and believed an invitation would be extended, if the team decided as a group to attend.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that the team was planning to meet to discuss a potential White House visit. Warriors owner Joe Lacob told ESPN that he planned to meet with the team Saturday morning before its first practice to discuss the issue and that the White House was aware of the timeline.
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Kerr and several Warriors players have been openly critical of Trump and his administration on multiple occasions. On Friday, Stephen Curry said he would vote no if the team were invited to the White House. Kevin Durant previously told ESPN that he would not go to the White House either.
On Friday, Curry answered questions and explained why he would not attend a White House event hosted by President Trump:
While an obvious bone to his political base, Trump's critics were quick to point out how obnoxious, racist, and beneath the dignity of the president's office his behavior on such issues remains:
So Trump didn’t have shit to say about Miss Texas when she called him a white supremicist but speaks on Jemele, Kaepernick & Steph Curry https://t.co/u0jamkYS3z
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) September 23, 2017
— Sherri Shavon (@sherrishavon) September 23, 2017
Puerto Rico has no power and a dam is about to collapse. Meanwhile you are a 6th grade mean girl having a slumber party. https://t.co/rd9gWtH8Mb
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) September 23, 2017
Trump has now attacked Jemele Hill, Colin Kaepernick, & Stephen Curry. All have something in common but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) September 23, 2017
When Steph Curry makes you angrier than Nazis, you might be Donald Trump. https://t.co/Bo9A4v8XdH
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 23, 2017
Trump attacking both Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry in the past 24 hours is totally proving Jemele Hill right.
He is a white supremacist.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 23, 2017
Curry wasn't hesitating - he forcefully said he didn't want to go, "won't stand for" things Trump has done. https://t.co/0N9moLFrNU
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 23, 2017