NBA players band together in verbal war with Trump

Updated 2017-09-24 10:30:52 Xinhua

Retired NBA super star Kobe Bryant involved in a verbal war on Saturday with U.S. President Donald Trump, who announced no longer to invite Stephen Curry to the White House in honor of the basketball Championship.

Stephen Curry, who led the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship last season, noted Friday that he had no interest in going to the White House. Even though it is not his first time to dismiss the traditional reputation for Champion of NBA, but Trump was enraged clearly this time.

Trump tweeted early Saturday, withdrawing the White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors. This move set off a firestorm of tweets from players around the league, with Bryant charging trump's words "inspire dissension and hatred."

"A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly 'Make America Great Again'," a tweet posted on Bryant's official page on 10:23 a.m. Saturday read, which was clicked "like" more than 90,000 times in two hours.

Bryant, the LA Lakers' legend, was not the only super star to lash out the president. LeBron James of Cleveland Cavalier has delivered his message just hours after Trump's tweet, calling it a "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!" James tweeted.

Other speaking out included Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal. Curry so far did not reply to Trump, but his wife Ayesha responded to Trump by saying: "Okay... Donate to earthquake relief here!!!" with a link to the UNICEF website, which is the UN Children's Fund.

"It is truly amazing to see the entire NBA band together and come to each other's defense when one player gets attacked. Whether it's current players like LeBron and Paul, or retired legends like Kobe, it is things like this that show how the NBA is truly a family," the Lakers Nation, official website of Lakers' fans, remarked Saturday.

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