President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors led to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes.
One of the most notable was from the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who backed Curry:
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
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul also weighed in:
With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
President Trump responded again on Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should, "Find something else to do!"
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
NFL players, including the Patriots' Devin McCourty, chimed in earlier on Twitter after Trump criticized players who have protested during the national anthem, most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
It's really sad man ... our president is a asshole— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017
Trump stay in ur place... football have nothing to do wit u smh— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017
The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017
I’m actually glad Trump said what he did. Publicly with an audience . Once again it empowers the players to live their truth . Show colors.— Ryan Grant (@RyanGrant25) September 23, 2017
I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll 🤡— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 23, 2017
#Kaepernick we riding with you bro ✊🏾— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) September 23, 2017