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Trump's tweet: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

LeBron James' response: "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!"

  • Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets responded as well:

With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane — Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017

And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face... — Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017

  • Former L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant tweeted:

A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly "Make America Great Again" — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017

Trump's criticism last night of "those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem" also drew criticism from a number of NFL players. He doubled down on his criticisms on Saturday afternoon:

If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

  • DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association

We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports. pic.twitter.com/Ec3Bc4qt9h — DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) September 23, 2017

  • Lesean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills

It's really sad man ... our president is a asshole — Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017

  • Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions

Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports? Smh. — Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) September 23, 2017

  • Zach Brown of the Washington Redskins

Trump stay in ur place... football have nothing to do wit u smh — Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017

  • Chris Conley of the Kansas City Chiefs

“Stick to sports boy... Sit down and do what your told. Say or do something we don't like and your fired" Well I hate to break it to ya... — Chris Conley (@_flight17_) September 23, 2017

  • Benjamin Watson of the Baltimore Ravens

It is a sad day when the #POTUS seeks to disregard and punish American citizens for peacefully exercising their constitutional rights. https://t.co/QPvrKDS29D — Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) September 23, 2017

  • Bishop Sankey of the Minnesota Vikings

It's a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches. — Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) September 23, 2017

  • Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins

Continue to use your voices and your platforms for racial equality and to stop injustices in our communities. This is bigger than us!!! ✊🏿 — Michael Thomas (@Michael31Thomas) September 23, 2017

  • George Iloka of the Cincinnati Bengals

I can't take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He's a real life clown/troll 🤡 — George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 23, 2017

  • Rishard Matthews of the Tennessee Titans

I'm a full supporter of the Flag & This country! Trust Me! But this can't be real! https://t.co/GAPkZPB8hz — Rishard Matthews (@_RMatthews) September 23, 2017

  • Chris Baker of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

So the BLACK NFL PLAYERS are SON OF A BITCH now WOW — Chris Baker (@cbakerswaggy) September 23, 2017

  • Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots

Ppl said it was disrespectful not going to the White House..I'm sure they are quiet about us being called “sons of bitches" 🤦🏿♂️(D-Mac) — Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) September 23, 2017

  • Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks

The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!! — Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017

  • Adewale Ogunleye, former player

WHITE SUPREMACIST IN THE OVAL OFFICE!!! Donald J Trump — Adewale Ogunleye (@aotheprince93) September 23, 2017

  • Lance Moore, former player
  • So Trumpster is more mad at "son of a bi!@&" athletes than he was the neo-nazi's in Charlottesville. How am I not surprised? — Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) September 23, 2017

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