LeBron James responded Saturday to President Donald Trump's comments on the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry by calling Trump a "bum" and suggesting it was no longer an honor to visit the White House.
President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the USA national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit.
But before the entire team had a chance to vote on whether to go, they were uninvited in a presidential tweet Saturday morning which read, "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team".
Trump also took to Twitter on Saturday to rescind Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House. It is customary for the winning team to visit the White House.
Warriors players have been among the most outspoken against Trump's administration. "I have an idea of why, but, it's just kind of beneath, I think, a leader of a country to go that route".
"That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for", Trump said, encouraging owners to act.
On Friday, at the team's annual media day ahead of the start of training camp, Curry said that the Warriors had not decided as a team whether they would visit the White House and that they planned to talk about it at a meeting.
"We're 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 important to raise".
Later, Mr Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night - that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, and called on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to tell them to stand. Yet, the Warriors maintained they had not formally decided if they would visit the White House before playing the Washington Wizards in the nation's capital on February 28, 2017.
Trump also said National Football League ratings are down "massively" (that's not true - the ratings are only down modestly) and criticized the NFL's efforts to make the game safer for athletes.
Hill also took to Twitter after Trump withdrew the invitation and said "You can't be uninvited to something you weren't going to anyway".