Trump Sports Feud Escalates: Demands NFL Chief "Tells Them To Stand"

Update 4: In the latest escalation in his feud with the NFL, Trump just (re)blasted Commission Roger Goodell in a tweet, saying he was trying to "justify" the actions of players who don't stand for the National Anthem. His tweet was sent in response to a statement Goodell released earlier today criticizing Trump for "disrespecting" NFL owners by suggesting they fire players for protesting.

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Update 3: As the feud between the president Stephen Curry intensifies, on Saturday afternoon his team the Golden State Warriors, stood with him and announced they will not be attending the White House visit at all. In a statement, the Warriors said that "while we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House," the statement read, "we accept President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited."

It added that "we believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them," the statement continued. "We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.

As a result, "in lieu of a visit to the White House" the Warriors will use their trip to D.C. to "celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion-the values that we embrace as an organization."

As some speculate, with the escalating feud between Trump and pro sports figures, Trump is wading into "culturally sensitive territory that could freshen opposition elsewhere, and ignite a debate wholly unrelated to anything he's trying to accomplish."

Whether it is Trump's intention to distract from "something else", remains to be seen.

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Update 2: Having set social media on fire following his withdrawal of Golden State Warriors' NBA super star Stephen Curry's invitation to The White House and for slamming NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem (and the reactions of the NFL owners), President Trump has responded to the outpouring of abuse for his demands...

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Update: As one might have imagined, the responses to Trump's comments have been far-ranging and explosive but perhaps the best known and most stunning was from LeBron James who called the president a "bum" for rescinding Curry's invite (after Curry had he wouldn't go)...

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As we detailed earlier, The Golden State Warriors won another NBA Championship in June - their second in three years - defeating perennial rivals the Cleveland Cavaliers and cementing the team's legacy as the best professional NBA franchise in recent memory. But since clinching the championship trophy, a dark cloud has been hanging over the Warriors: The traditional visit to the White House. Since June, it's been unclear if the team would accept the invitation because of Curry and Co's well-publicized distaste for the president. Finally, the ambiguity was put to rest on Friday, when Curry revealed that he would like the team to decline their invitation, saying he'd like to "inspire some change in terms of what we can tolerate in this country" by standing up to the Trump Administration. 

Needless to say, President Trump was displeased, and in a classic Donald Trump Saturday morning tweetstorm, the president blasted the star point guard for "hesitating" to accept the White House's invitation, before adding that Curry's invite had been "withdrawn":

"Being invited to the White House is considered a great honor," Trump tweeted. "Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn." As the Associated Press pointed out, it isn't immediately clear if Trump rescinded the invitation to Curry, or the entire team.

Trump also ripped into another Bay Area athlete, former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, last night, implying that the free agent QB is a "son of a bitch" for protesting the National Anthem. Trump's impromptu attack came during a campaign rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange, who is running in a closely contested special election to keep his seat, to which he was temporarily appointed after Jeff Sessions left the Senate to become the attorney general. During a rant in which he blasted NFL owners and players, Trump said any player who refuses to stand for the anthem "should be fired" for "disrespecting our heritage." He added that the first owner to fire an athlete for protesting would become "the most popular person in this country - for a week."  He urged fans to leave the stadium if they see players protesting, before declaring that American Football "is not the same game anymore, anyway."

Trump's remarks elicited a response from the NFL player's association, which said "We will never back down" from standing up to Trump. Predictably, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump in a statement issued Saturday morning. In the statement, he criticized Trump’s “divisive comments” about team owners firing player for protesting, saying they showed "an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL." Of course, the hypocrisy in Goodell's response to Trump is painfully obvious: After all, Kaepernick has effectively been blackballed from the league for his decision to protest.

Circling back to the Warriors, the question now is, if the White House clarifies that the withdrawal of the invite applies only to Curry, will the rest of the team back their star player and stay home? Or will a few decide to continue with the longstanding tradition of White House visits, potentially creating a rift.

Comments

3LockBox BaBaBouy Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

Professional sports have jumped the shark.Just look at picures of the actual attendance in their football stadiums and soccer arena.They even get out drawn by soccer...So freaking hilarious!Even funnier is how they do not get it. All kinds of excuses...Hurricanes, last years election, too hot Stadium in Santa Clara.ESPN politics, kneelers and moving teams all over are crushing their product.It will be too late once they figure out the obvious.NFL is dead to me. Could give a rats ass about the NBA. MLB is just a total yawner.I hope they all bankrupt themselves.

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MillionDollarButter Keyser Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:47 Permalink

Every white SJW I know is a die-hard sports fan. /sarcSeriously, sports is competition.  Capitalism is competition.  Socialism is participation trophies.  Enjoy your new audience, sports leagues.The left is burning themselves with this non-stop tantrum.  If Republicans were on the fence before, they are straight-line Rs now.Some of this might not be good, because of stuff like asset forfeiture, neocon wars, and letting ISPs sell your browsing history.More than ever it is time to reclaim the Republican party from those types in the primaries, because it will be a clean sweep for Rs in 2018.

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Escrava Isaura remain calm Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:36 Permalink

As the say goes: When you see bread and circuses, especially in sports like Tweetering, you know that is all distraction from the policies that can’t be enacted, even less remembered. There’s nothing to see here. Moving on.   
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Escrava Isaura Dormouse Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

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I take my last statement back. King James vs. the President. This can get very good, but I think Trump is gonna run for the exits. We’ll see.  

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Manthong ergatz Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:16 Permalink

 And to Clown Curry and the rest of the overpaid sports malcontents… You and Trump have something in common and something important NOT in common. You serve at the pleasure of your fans, Trump serves at the pleasure of the electorate and you both can be rejected at some time. But unlike you, the President does not have the option of being quiet and just trying to excel in a narrow field of endeavor. OK, so he is a bit brusque, what’s that to you?  So just keep mouthing off the perceived social injustices that do not affect you in the slightest… it works real good if you do that as mid-level corporate business executive, too. Would you call that career enhancement? BTW… there are few obstacles to black people in this country except their own intelligence, initiative and perseverance. In case you do not know, the vast majority of white people do not have the world handed to them on a silver platter. If you ever mention “white privilege” in my presence, I will label you a racist regardless of the color of your skin.  

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Slack Jack vato poco Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:11 Permalink

Trump's policy is not that of his supporters.

All the apparent flip-flops by Trump, are flip-flops to Trump's real policy. Not the policy Trump campaigned on, but Trump's real policy.

I have come to the conclusion that Trump is not at all what he seems. Trump is the enemy who pretends to be your friend. Trump is false opposition.

Remember a few weeks back, when Trump happily agreed to sign the sanctions bill against Russia.

The Orange Jew actually wanted to enact sanctions against Russia. This was the real plan.

However, he wanted to do this while still pretending to represent those that voted for him.

That is why the House voted 419-3 for sanctions.

That is why the Senate voted 98-2 for sanctions.

That is why the press screamed that the sanctions deal is veto-proof.

That is why the media screamed that Trump is trapped and has no other choice but to sign the sanctions bill.

All to give him a plausible excuse to sign the bill, to do what he wanted, but not what his support base wants.

As many Trump supporters now suspect, Trump has actually been their enemy from the beginning.

If the Orange Jew is the real deal then he would have vetoed the sanctions legislation.

But, Trump is not the real deal. So, he signed the sanctions into law.

Trump is no different from Obama, Bush and Clinton.

For one thing, it appears that Obama, Bush, Clinton and Trump are all Jews.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=630

http://mileswmathis.com/trump.pdf

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Manthong beemasters Sat, 09/23/2017 - 19:09 Permalink

 
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Trump should let the market tell the owners to make them stand or hit the road. He should be above this issue.

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Tiwin Bwana Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:11 Permalink

Bwana , for a Muslim, Obammy sure surrounded himself with filthy kike after filthy kike.I am thinking he probably secretly converted.Perhaps you should read the story of Br'er Rabbit.Jews love to cause division.And act the victim.And on the subject , jews HATE Christians, and with Jew Obama Musliming it up as he became less popular he helped Kik..er..."Israel" in their goal of getting the cucked USA riled up enough to fight yet another war to further Israels hellish vision of greather Filthy Israel in the Middle East.

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Cheapsob Slack Jack Sat, 09/23/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

What the fuck, are you a mind reader? Just not having the bitch in there is enough for many of us. Who said that we expected Trump to be any different than the rest of them? What is so damn hard to understand about him just not being her and who said we believe any politicians bullshit? They are all fucking us. Duuuhhhh

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evokanivo Slack Jack Sun, 09/24/2017 - 07:42 Permalink

If a president chooses not to sign a bill passed by Congress, it becomes law within 10 days anyways. There was no point in Trump not signing the bill - it would just make Congress more recalcitrant. This took me 15 seconds to look up on the internet - maybe do the same before writing longwinded nonsense.And what's with "the Jews did it" meme? I'm no fan of Israel or their influence in the US, but we have plenty of bastards doing evil shit - no need to invoke "the Jews are doing it all behind the scenes" when there are simpler and more logical explanations.

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Manthong sincerely_yours Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

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Dipweed, I am laid up for a while with a broken bone, so this is as good as anything to do.

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