President Trump continued his tirade against professional athletes on Saturday morning, withdrawing an invitation for NBA star Stephen Curry to visit the White House because the athlete apparently wasn’t grateful enough to accept the “great honor.” “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted. Curry, who leads the Golden State Warriors, had made clear on Friday that he doesn’t “want to go” to the White House with his team. The NBA All-Star said he wanted to boycott the visit to show that “we don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time.” Curry also hinted that he’d taken inspiration from NFL star Colin Kaepernick in trying to “inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country.” Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Kaepernick for his national anthem protest and on Friday said NFL players who protest on the field should be fired.
The Golden State Warriors responded to the president’s tweet later on Saturday, announcing that the championship team would not visit the White House if Curry’s disinvitation stands.
According to the Boston Globe, Warriors said that they are “disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.”