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Lebron James, Stephen Curry Speak Out Against White House Visit

President Trump has created a rivalry with both the NFL and NBA.

Brandon Walker

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Since last year, NBA All-Stars Lebron James and Stephen Curry have been outspoken about President Trump’s comments on his “un”invitations to the White House. Even though Curry and James are currently facing off the finals, both players agree that a visit is nothing short of unwanted and unnecessary.

Some things never change.

When the Philadelphia Eagles won the Superbowl Championship back in February, there was speculation about whether or not their players and personnel would attend the White House ceremony.  President Trump canceled the Eagles visit, accusing the players who were not going of letting their fans down by not standing for the national anthem. Curry and James shared their thoughts on the situation.

“I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cavaliers forward, said on Tuesday when asked about the decision. “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is on the same page.

“I agree with ’Bron,” Curry said to reporters at another news conference. “Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, kinda staying consistent with that.”

According to TIME, Curry had a conversation with the Eagles players about the decision-making process of the whole team. He said that there is more to the conversation than just disagreeing with Trump and his policies, including how some NFL players are continuing to kneel for the anthem.

“It’s an important conversation, but you can’t control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that,” Curry stated.

It is important to note, however, that no Eagles players kneeled during the national anthem last season, TIME confirmed.

“Simply google: ‘How many Philadelphia Eagles knelt during the national anthem last season?’ and you find the answer is zero,” Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement on Twitter.”

“Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military,” he continued.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson was disappointed that his team was not able to celebrate the championship at the White House, but tried to move past it, ESPN reported. He responded to reporters on Wednesday morning.

“This is going to be a blanket statement, and then I’m not going to discuss it further,” Pederson started. “I was looking forward to going down, obviously. We did something last season that was very special. It’s a milestone here in the city of Philadelphia, our organization, and I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions.”

“It is what it is,” he added.

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Brandon Walker is a junior finance major at Temple University. He is a committed writer and jazz pianist. Brandon has written for The Temple News and is interested in a career in business and communications. He can be reached at brandon.walker@temple.edu.

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