NBA star LeBron James on Tuesday knocked President Trump over the national anthem protest controversy, saying his team would not attend an event at the White House if they win their championship series.
“It’s typical of him. I’m not surprised,” James told reporters on Tuesday when asked about Trump this week disinviting the NFL Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from the White House, according to USA Today.
James, who is participating in the NBA finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said that neither his team nor the Golden State Warriors want an invitation to a similar event celebrating their teams at the White House.
“I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway. It won’t be Cleveland or Golden State going,” he said, according to USA Today.
Trump abruptly announced on Monday that the Eagles would not visit the White House this week to celebrate their victory.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They 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,” Trump said in a statement.
“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,” he added.
James on Tuesday also criticized Trump for not inviting the WNBA champions for a visit, telling journalists that it was “laughable” for the Minnesota Lynx to be excluded.
“For them not to be invited playing our beautiful game of basketball … those women are unbelievable at doing it,” he said.
The NBA star has previously criticized Trump, calling him a “bum” last year after Trump disinvited Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors from the White House after Curry said he didn’t want to go.
“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted about Trump at the time.
He also encouraged future champions not to worry about getting a Trump invitation.
“Let’s not let someone inviting you from their house take away from their championship,” James told reporters. “Winning a championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in it.”