Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards media day is Monday, and it’s not so surprising that reporters are asking questions about Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has intertwined politics and sports after calling out Stephen Curry, Colin Kaepernick and various NFL players for peacefully protesting. Because of that, the media are going to be asking the players about their feelings toward everything going on, and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is the latest to voice his displeasure.
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“That’s not a leader,” said Beal on Monday afternoon. “To me, you’re a clown. That’s unacceptable. Your job is to bring people together, and everybody in the world feels like since [Trump] has gotten into office, that hasn’t been the case.
“There are a lot of issues going around the world,” continued Beal. “Like Puerto Rico doesn’t power or water. They’re still part of the U.S., but you’re worried about guys kneeling during the national anthem. Well, if you actually look at the reason that they are kneeling versus your own personal pleasure, you might be able to understand. But until you do that, you aren’t going to understand.”
A whole lot went on over the weekend. It started with Trump withdrawing his White House invitation to Stephen Curry, despite the plans of the Golden State Warriors organization to sit down and discuss what they wanted to do. Now, it’s clear. Following that, LeBron James came to the defense of his colleague and called Trump a “bum,” which has generated more than 652,000 retweets and 1.4 million likes.
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
Of course, James wasn’t the only one to speak up. Beal chimed in as well, asking “How you gonna withdraw an invite that somebody said they weren’t attending? Thinking face, clown face.”
That was the tame part of the weekend. Trump then spent his time bashing and calling for the firing of players who “protested” the national anthem. On Sunday, hundreds of NFL players took a knee or locked arms or stayed in the locker room. And it was beautiful. We have yet to see how NBA players react but expect a lot of quotes from media day to be politically-charged because it’s now impossible to stick to sports.
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