President Trump set social media and the sports world ablaze this weekend with a series tweets and public comments aimed at professional athletes.
It started Friday night at a rally in Alabama, where Trump called football players who kneeled in protest during the national anthem “sons of bitches,” and said NFL owners should fire them on the spot.
On Saturday morning, he turned his ire toward the NBA with a Twitter tirade aimed at Stephen Curry and the championship winning Golden State Warriors.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The Golden State Warriors responded within hours, releasing a statement that said in part, “…we accept President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.”
They also said they intend to visit Washington, D.C. anyway.
“In lieu of a visit to the White House,” their statement concludes, “we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion – the values that we embrace as an organization.”
Now the Mayor of Washington, D.C. has weighed in on this escalating feud, issuing a statement that left no doubt about what side she’s taking.
“While you’re here, Warriors, we are happy to identify ways for you to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion — what we call DC values,” Mayor Muriel Bowser’s statement reads. “And if anyone ever tells you that you cannot come to DC,” it continues, “tell them Mayor Bowser invited you.”
You can read Mayor Bowser’s statement below.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) September 23, 2017