President Donald Trump announced Saturday in a tweet that he has withdrawn his invitation for National Basketball Association champion Stephen Curry to visit the White House, an unprecedented decision.
The Warriors, who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win the title, have not yet been invited to visit the White House, nor has the organization decided whether it would accept an invitation if it were offered, sources said.
After first tweeting, "With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House???".
"U bum", James wrote in a tweet.
Trump's statement in Alabama on Friday was interpreted by many to be a veiled reference to Colin Kaepernick, the free agent quarterback who took a knee in protest against police brutality while he was still playing for the San Francisco 49ers. It's not just the act of not going there.
Trump was slammed for his Curry remarks on Twitter, including by filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
Trump's comments come less than 24 hours after Curry, two-time MVP, said he doesn't have any intention to go to the White House and hopes his team can make a statement.
"The only thing you could do better, is if you see it, even if it's just one player, leave the stadium".
The president responded to criticism in his usual mature and dignified manner, giving Curry some of the Trump patented "You're-not-dumping-me-I'm-dumping-you".
On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance.
ESPN host Jemele Hill, who recently targeted the president when she called him a "white supremacist" welcomed Curry to the club then addressed Trump by saying: "You can't be uninvited to something you weren't going to anyway".
Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that the team was planning to meet to discuss a potential White House visit but did not say when that discussion would happen. "So there wouldn't be any reason for me to go at all". "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me".
National Football League owners collectively donated more than $7 million to Trump's presidential campaign, and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft gave Trump a Super Bowl ring this summer.