The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be visiting the White House or visiting Washington D.C. at all this week as part of their Super Bowl LII celebration.
President Donald J. Trump on Monday canceled the Eagles’ visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A lot of Eagles players weren’t going to attend, anyway. This development also kicked off a new chapter in the ongoing controversy surrounding the national anthem protests.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward and NBA superstar LeBron James, who’s been an outspoken critic of Trump, was asked Tuesday during his media availability ahead of Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals about the Eagles’ non-invitation.
James also said that regardless of who wins the NBA Finals, which the Golden State Warriors lead 2-0, neither team will want to visit Trump.
The Cavs last won the NBA Finals in 2016 and visited the White House that November, when Barack Obama was still in office.
The Warriors did not go to the White House after winning the championship last season. If neither team goes after the 2018 Finals, Trump will be at least halfway through his first term in office before an NBA team shows up (if one ever does).
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