LeBron James’ ‘bum’ tweet about Donald Trump among most retweeted of 2017
LeBron James’ tweet in September admonishing President Donald Trump over a social media missive directed at Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was among the top nine of the most retweeted tweets of 2017.
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s tweet, in which he called Trump a “bum,” landed at No. 7 on Twitter’s list of most retweeted retweets.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
James’ tweet stemmed from Trump slamming Curry over stating he would decline a visit to the White House should one be extended in honor of the Warriors’ NBA title. The discussion surrounding whether or not the Warriors would attend a White House ceremony if invited was among the biggest stories of the NBA offseason.
In fact, the debate concerning whether championship teams would accept an invite from Trump, who has made several controversial remarks in regard to the world of sports — including his all-out war with the NFL — became a major talking point.
Regarding the Curry-Trump situation, the President subsequently tweeted the invitation, which technically was never extended, was withdrawn.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
“I don’t want to go,” Curry said, inspiring Trump’s tweet. “That’s kind of the nucleus of my belief…(But) it’s not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation.”
James’ tweet not surprisingly created a firestorm, prompting him to explain and defend calling the President a “bum.”
LeBron James w/ no regrets about his "U Bum" tweet towards president Donald Trump: "He doesn't understand the power that he has." pic.twitter.com/Ibv3y2kfLN
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 25, 2017
“He doesn’t understand the magnitude, the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” James said. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance for leadership, for words of encouragement.”
James’ tweet has been retweeted over 660,000 times and liked over 1.5 million times.