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LeBron: Finals victor won't visit White House

08 June, 2018, 08:58 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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James also supported NFL players who choose to kneel during the pre-game playing of the USA national anthem, an issue Trump has stirred for nine months. It's a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don't feel that he's for.

Trump said the Eagles' event was called off because some of their players "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country". Jenkins stopped protesting during the national anthem after that partnership was forged.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are now battling it out in the NBA Finals, but regardless of the outcome, the franchise's star players say that their teams will not visit the White House after the series is over.

"The White House felt the rug was pulled out from under them", said Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday night. "You don't need to be out there, you can be in the locker room".

After the Warriors practiced, guard Stephen Curry said that he agreed with James's take and the team would likely not visit the White House if they repeat as National Basketball Association champs.

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"I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway", James told reporters on Tuesday, via the Washington Post.

The media had hoped to get him to comment on the controversy, given that Trump initially cited players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem as the reason for the cancellation. Never during that time have I seen a group of players more dedicated to one another and the city in which they play.

Jenkins says the White House made a decision "to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military".

If the Warriors - who are ahead in the series two games to none - win a second straight championship this year, it would set up another showdown with Trump. In April, audio obtained by the New York Times from an National Football League meeting featured Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie referring to the Trump administration as "one disastrous presidency".

The attention on the uproar isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, Coakley added. "We're finally having our eyes opened to this myth that sports and politics should always remain separate".

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