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NBA: White House invite to GSW withdrawn

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – President Donald Trump triggered a backlash from the US professional sports world Saturday after withdrawing a White House invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and condemning NFL players protesting the national anthem.

A day after Trump had decried activist, mostly African American National Football League players as “sons of bitches” for kneeling or sitting during renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the US leader turned his ire to basketball’s reigning champions and their top player Stephen Curry.

Curry said Friday he would not attend a White House reception if his team was invited in accordance with a tradition that stretches back several decades. Curry’s remarks followed similar comments by teammate Kevin Durant last month.