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"While we meant to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited", the Warriors said in a statement.

Trump's criticism of Curry came less than a day after a different complaint about a different league.

Athletes have previously declined invitations to the White House when their team is being honored, a tradition that dates back to the Reagan administration.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell shot back: "Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players".

At the Huntsville rally, Trump also called for fans to boycott the National Football League in the face of player anthem protests after lamenting new rules penalizing unsafe hits that may severely endanger players' long-term health. "There is no better example than the wonderful response from our clubs and players to the awful natural disasters we've experienced over the last month", Goodell said.

The Warriors indicated in the aftermath of Trump's tweet that a visit the White House would not take place.

At a time when many are telling athletes to "stick to sports", the President definitely isn't sticking to politics.

In turn, Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James showed his support for Curry by tweeting at Trump.

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"In normal times we would very easily be able to set aside political differences and go visit have a great time and it would be awesome", he said.

Another official told Suebsaeng that at least when Trump is attacking the National Football League, he's less likely to cause an worldwide incident than when he is swapping heated insults with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. The University of North Carolina's championship basketball team announced last week they will likewise forego the traditional presidential trip.

"In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we'll constructively use our trip to the nation's capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion - the values that we embrace as an organization".

He later explained in a video why he felt the need to respond to President Trump. "He's fired, '" he said to loud applause. Because you know today if you hit too hard: 15 yards!

Not that he was ever in touch with it - or reality for that matter - but Donald Trump has officially alienated the sports community. "Find something else to do!"

"It's a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the United States calling citizens of the country sons of a b****s", Minnesota Vikings running back Bishop Sankey wrote on Twitter.

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York said Trump's remarks were "callous and offensive" and "contradictory to what this great country stands for".

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