After President Donald Trump tweeted about Steph Curry being uninvited to the White House on Saturday, LeBron James was one of the many athletes to show support for Curry, and referred to Trump as a “bum.”
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
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar went more in-depth with his reaction later on Saturday, speaking in a two-minute video about Trump “now using sports as the platform to try to divide us.”
James spoke of Trump’s comments directed at Curry, saying, “that’s just something I can’t stand for.”
He also said “that’s not right” in reference to Trump’s comments from Friday night that NFL owners should get rid of “son of a bitch” national anthem protesters.
Here’s the video, followed by James’ full comments transcribed:
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017
“I think it’s basically at a point where I’m kinda, just a little frustrated, man. Because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again. Obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused.
And now it’s even hitting home more home for me now because he’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. We all know how much sports brings us together. How much passion it has. How much we love and care. The friendships and everything it creates. And for him to try to use the platform to divide us even more, is not something I can stand for, and it’s not something I can be quiet about.
You look at him kinda asking the NFL owners to get rid of players off the field because they’re exercising their rights. And that’s not right.
And then when I wake up and see that a colleague of mine has been uninvited of something that he said he didn’t even want to go to in the first place, you know to the White House, that’s just something I can’t stand for, man.
And we got, you know, Jemele Hill, Colin Kaepernick, all these people are speaking up. It’s for the greater cause. It’s for us to all come together. It’s not about a division. It’s not about dividing. We as American people need to actually just come together even more stronger, man.
This is a very critical time. And me being in the position I’m in, I had to voice this to ya’ll. Love ya’ll, man.”