When the Philadelphia Eagles claimed the Super Bowl title earlier this year, the first question many of the team’s top athletes were asked was, “will you visit the Trump White House?”
Wisely, many players said no, citing the president’s bigotry and disrespect for Colin Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality.
As a result, the thin-skinned president decided to formally un-invite the team yesterday and instead held a self-aggrandizing party, ostensibly in honor of the national anthem.
The Eagles are not the first team to prick the infamously petty president, prompting Trump to revoke their invitation like a petulant tween. Last year, the Golden State Warriors also lost their invitation after star player Stephen Curry said that he did not want to go.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr offered his input on the Eagles news, taking a quick jab at the president.
“It will be nice when things get back to normal in three years,” Kerr said.
Kerr has been a frequent vocal critic of Trump and his administration, having come down incredibly hard on his indifference to gun violence and the NFL kneeling protests.
In addition to Kerr’s input, Curry took his own jab at the president on Tuesday.
Curry’s Warriors are competing against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship title. The Cavalier’s star LeBron James told reporters in a press conference that neither team “wants to get invited” to the Trump White House. Curry echoed the sentiment in a later interview, meaning regardless of the final game’s outcome, no NBA team will travel to D.C.
It’s always refreshing to see those with an immense platform use it for good, as Colin Kaepernick did at the expense of his promising athletic career. If it weren’t for him, the entire Eagles franchise would not have the opportunity to take the stand they did.
If the rest of the major sports teams will follow suit as their respective championships play out over the remainder of Trump’s presidency, it might just be enough to drive his fragile ego out of the Oval Office for good. At which point, Kerr will be right – the world will go back to normal.