U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged the Washington Capitals to come to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship but said the victor of the National Basketball Association title would not be invited. "I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them", Trump said.
"My attitude, if they want to be here, it's the greatest place on earth. It won't be Golden State or Cleveland going", James said ahead of Game 3 on Wednesday.
This week began with news of President Donald Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House, and ended Friday with news of him congratulating the Washington Capitals on their Stanley Cup win. "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going." .
The Warriors and Cavaliers will face off in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday with tipoff set for 9 p.m. ET. "I would say though ultimately it saddens me because historically we've been able to use the National Basketball Association and all of sports to bring people together".
Even before Trump, some athletes have chosen to skip the post-championship White House visit over their disagreements with the sitting president.
Earlier this week, James said neither team would accept an invitation.
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It was overdue and well-earned. "I think winning here is very special for her and I'm glad she finally got her first Slam". Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.
So I want to give him full credit when his team beats the Cleveland Cavaliers for another league championship. Trump has used his presidential power seven times in less than 18 months to pardon or commute sentences for federal crimes.
The WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx also didn't receive an invitation from Trump and instead chose to a spend day of service in Washington, D.C., this week. "Let's not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment..."
Trump, meanwhile, said he was unfazed by snubs from the champion teams of the two most popular sports in the United States, citing other teams who had attended. The move prompted a tweet from James, who wrote "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!"
"I think it's laughable at this point", he said.
"When someone says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op doesn't look bad", he said.