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LeBron James was asked Tuesday about the drama surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit, and the four-time MVP did not mince words.

“I know no matter who wins [the NBA Finals], no one wants an invite anyway,” James said. “It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”

LeBron then expounded on that thought, saying that championship teams don’t need a White House visit to validate their accomplishments.

LeBron’s comments come after Donald Trump uninvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles upon learning the team would send only a small delegation (possibly as small as two or three players). That saga followed a similar arc to the one last fall in which Steph Curry and the Warriors declined to visit the White House, leading Trump to announce they weren’t invited anyway. LeBron weighed in that time, as well, with the now-famous tweet in which he referred to the president as “U Bum.”

Over the last eight months of so, LeBron seems to have let go of his “U Bum” anger and channeled it toward the resigned frustration of “No one wants an invite anyway.”

Give the drama surrounding both the Warriors and Eagles’ White House visits, it seems likely that Trump and company will begin thinking twice about inviting teams to D.C., at least without prior assurance they’ll actually show up. It’s certainly hard to imagine Trump giving the Cavs or Warriors (all right, probably Warriors) an opportunity to publicly spurn him again.

If Trump’s presidency winds up marking the end of the champions-visiting-the-White-House tradition, well, that will be far from the worst fallout.

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9 thoughts on “LeBron James on White House visit: ‘I know whoever wins this series, no one wants an invite”

  1. It is funny how back in the day, when some athletes turned it down because they disagreed with Obama the “mainstream” railed on them. Or even if they just weighed in with a negative opinion on Obama in the lockerroom. Pretty ridiculous.

        1. Clinton grabbed by the a$$ Trump does it by the Pu$$y… You seen the video.. But keep with that old adage of tit for tat…. They both predators… Nice bait and switch.. I could give two f$cks about Slick Dick Willy.. And how many republican speakers resigned over Clinton when their skeletons came creeping out the closet… HMM?!!

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