Insult people all you want, but don't insult their moms. Boundaries, people.
Donald Trump had stepped in it, and the sports world was just getting warmed up.
Two-time Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry told reporters on Friday that he did not want to go the White House to celebrate his latest title win, saying “I don’t want to go … my beliefs stay the same. We don’t stand for basically what our President has – the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it.”
It’s been a time-honored tradition for title winners to visit the President at the White House and Curry will break precedent to not attend.
In response, Trump uninvited Curry... from an event Curry already turned down.
And yes, it was as absurd as it sounds.
Soon after, the Warriors team released a statement saying, ‘In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.’
Even LeBron James jumped in with a tweet expressing his solidarity for Steph Curry.
The fire had been lit.
Enter Shaun King, journalist, activist, commentator, and notable Twitter heavyweight.
Since the very beginning of Kaepernick’s protests, King had been tweeting about Trump’s attitudes towards people of color, discussing the fact that Trump saved his most virulent tweets for people of color while dismissing white supremacists as ‘fine people.’
By the morning of Saturday, September 23rd, at least 15 players had joined #TakeAKnee.
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodall released a statement on Saturday saying, ‘The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities’
Other team owners and managers soon released statements as well.
As the movement began gaining speed, more and more players joined #TakeAKnee.
While most NFL players showed their support during Sunday’s games by locking arms during the anthem, many actually kneeled in solidarity during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” most notably, Terrell Suggs of the Ravens and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans didn’t even come onto the field for the anthem. They remained in their locker rooms during the anthem, before the game. During the same game, Meghan Linsey, from TV show, The Voice,” sang the national anthem. On the last note of the anthem, Linsey and her guitarist took a knee in solidarity.
Jaguars owner Shahid Khan joined hands with his players before the game’s kickoff.
During the Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills, Von Miller along with many other Broncos players knelt on the sidelines, while teammates Garett Bolles and Virgil Green stood with their fists in the air.
But that wasn’t the end of it…