Wednesday, December 31 1969

ESPN Talkers Bash Trump, Praise Durant for Not Visiting White House

Written by Jay Maxson

On Wednesday, Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, said he won't attend a celebration for the team at the White House if an invitation is extended. One of the liberal commentators on ESPN praised Durant for that decision, insisting it's not political.

Another ESPN talk show co-host ripped into President Trump and says he is fed up with people complaining about sports media going political.

“Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant said in an ESPN report Thursday when asked if he would accept an invitation to celebrate at the White House. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now. I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”

Durant also said he suspects no one else from the Warriors' team would accept an invitation to visit President Trump either. “[I]f I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me."

Afterward, ESPN talk show co-hosts Michael Smith and Stephen A. Smith supported Durant and bashed President Trump. Speaking on the "First Take" program he co-hosts with Max Kellerman, Stephen A. Smith spoke calmly of how much he respects Durant. But on SC6, Michael Smith angrily attacked President Trump and people who say sports media should stick to sports, in a discussion with his co-host Jemele Hill.

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