Yikes! Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric throughout his campaign might have cost him the opportunity to meet with future NBA champs now that he’s going to be president. Keep reading for how some in the league are predicting a major boycott of White House celebrations with him in office.
It’s a time honored tradition, as champions of the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB always pay an annual visit to the White House with their trophy in hand to meet and celebrate with our president. But that might be coming to an end for many athletes who are upset that Donald Trump, 70, is our next leader. Former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, 43, is already predicting that players will be refusing a trip to Washington because they will have no desire to meet President Trump.
“Personal politics in general can be a divisive topic, and for Donald Trump, during his candidacy, he became a polarizing candidate, which included along the way insulting a lot of people,” Jalen said on NBA Countdown Nov. 9. “How’s it going to affect sports? Unlike Tom Brady, when his team won the championship, and he chose not to go to the White House, saying it was a scheduling conflict when Barack Obama was in office, what we’re going to see in professional sports — NBA and NFL — mark my words, there will be players that decline the opportunity to visit the White House under his presidency.”
His timing with that prediction couldn’t have been more perfect, as the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers visited the White House the following day to celebrate with President Barack and Michelle Obama. Before heading to Washington, the team’s small forward Richard Jefferson, 36, said on his Snapchat, “Words cannot express the honor I feel being the last team to visit The White House tomorrow.” WOW! That’s some powerful wording!
There are already rumblings within the NBA of how upset the players and coaches are with Donald’s presidential win. Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy noticed his team was super quiet on their bus Nov. 9, and it wasn’t over a recent loss, they were upset about the election results. He then went on to rant, “I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic,” and “Voters have just thrown a good portion our population under the bus.”
So in other words, the picture above shared by Cleveland Cavalier’s star Tristan Thompson, 25, Nov. 10 may look very different this time next year when Donald Trump is our president and players on the NBA championship team can decline the White House invite.
HollywoodLifers, do you think pro-athletes will boycott White House celebrations with Donald Trump in office?