Steve Kerr blasted President Trump on Wednesday afternoon for not inviting the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx to the White House, and, for disinviting the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kerr took time to address those issues in a media session prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Kerr accused Trump of turning White House ceremonies into a “political game, and a ratings game.” Kerr also accused the president of “blatant displays of nationalism.”
Steve Kerr on the @WNBA champion Lynx giving back to the D.C. community today since they weren't invited to the White House: "I think the athletes are showing patriotism through their community service."pic.twitter.com/m3J2g9sFR5
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 6, 2018
Kerr also made note of what he viewed as the “irony,” of the Eagles getting disinvited from the White House.
“I’m blown away by the irony of the Eagles being disinvited. … Instead we just have these military sing-a-longs at The White House to show how patriotic we are, even though we don’t know the words.”
The Eagles were disinvited from the White House after it became clear that they planned to send only two or three players to the event. Instead, President Trump treated the Eagles fans who showed up to a patriotic display of flags, singing, and tributes to the anthem and military.
LeBron James made it clear on Tuesday that no matter who wins the NBA Finals, neither team would welcome an invite from the White House.
“I mean, I know no matter who wins this series no one wants the invite anyway, so, it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going,” LeBron said.
The Warriors became the first team disinvited from the White House last year, after Trump became angered by frequent political attacks from Steph Curry, forward Kevin Durant, and head coach Steve Kerr.
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