Pres. Trump Rejects 'Warriors' White House Visit

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In the tweet, Trump wrote that "going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team", but because "Stephen Curry is hesitating", the invitation was being withdrawn. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a major Trump presidential campaign donor, was confirmed by the Senate last month as Trump's pick to serve as US ambassador to Britain.

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says in a statement that demonstrations are "protected speech" that has prompted "thoughtful discussions in our locker rooms and in board rooms". By not going, Curry said he hoped to send a message, "that we don't stand for basically what our president has - the things that he's said and the things that he hasn't said at the right times - that we won't stand for it".

James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, was a vocal supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and visited the White House during President Barack Obama's tenure.

Sabathia - who didn't stay at Trump's hotel in Chicago where the Yankees stayed twice this season - said he doesn't share the president's political views. Trump also called for NFL owners to fire players who kneel or sit during the national anthem.

The fact that Donald Trump went out of his way to address Stephen Curry's feelings toward attending the White House was quite surprising given that the Warriors had yet to determine on whether they will go.

He also went off on the NFL in general, denouncing the league for penalizing tackles that could lead to risky injuries - though said that many owners were "friends of mine", and indeed, several gave generously to his campaign. "So therefore ain't no invite", James tweeted.

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Curry added that he does not believe Mr Trump "respects the majority of Americans in this country".

The Warriors responded to Trump's tweet with a statement. "Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!"

Trump also said National Football League ratings are down "massively" (that's not true - the ratings are only down modestly) and criticized the NFL's efforts to make the game safer for athletes.

As a player and as a coach, Kerr has visited the White House on several occasions.

While the team as a whole had not made a decision as a whole about visiting the White House, a statement was released saying the team will not visit following Trump's remarks.

Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday.

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