Donald Trump decided to pick fights with the nation’s two most popular sports (based on TV ratings, anyway) in a span of about 12 hours. Funny thing is, Steph Curry was ready for this fight months ago.
If you’re so addicted to online #content that you’ve found your way back to this mostly dormant site, you already know what Trump said at a rally last night in Alabama, where there’s college football and not much else. Probably the most sympathetic audience to rhetoric like this:
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said at a rally at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center in support of Republican senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special GOP primary election next week to remain in the Senate seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions.
“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.
Colin Kaepernick’s mother won the day.
Guess that makes me a proud bitch!
— Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017
Trump woke up this morning, turned on the boob tube, and decided to tweet about a guy who called him an “ass” (alluded to it, anyway) back in February.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 23, 2017
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Never mind that there was never an invitation, and Curry didn’t “hesitate.” He said he “wouldn’t go” in June, and yesterday he made remarks that were the opposite of ambiguous. He, like most intelligent, compassionate people who were sickened by Trump’s response to what happened in Charlottesville, wants to stay as far away from this president as possible.
Now Trump is up against the vast majority of NFL and NBA players, including several stars. He’s even bringing rivals together.
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
(They won’t … but the Warriors should send a No. 45 jersey to the White House with “BUM” on the back.)
It’s really sad man … our president is a asshole
— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017
Still wondering how this guy is running our country…. ???
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 23, 2017
Colin Kaepernick has been in this for a while, and Curry has been watching and supporting all along.
Steph Curry with the shot pic.twitter.com/PDcTtz6EEW
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) September 10, 2017
Once Russell Westbrook starred in a commercial where he says, “what y’all expect? Another choir boy running point?” Would a choir boy stand his ground against a divisive president who stirs up racial animosity with what he says, or doesn’t say?
There’s a societal battle going on, and Trump pulled several smart, popular, powerful, wealthy individuals into the mix. This has been one of the craziest mornings on Twitter ever — and that was true before OKC traded a duffel bag full of dirty socks and sweatbands for Carmelo Anthony — and “stick to sports” is officially dead. What does that phrase even mean anymore when the president can’t stick to politics?