On the after show of his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Wednesday, host and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire told his audience that he agrees with Lebron about the White House Eagles snub, saying, “Choosing not to go to the White House, that’s your problem.”
“So, I obviously agree with Lebron James,” stated Ben Shapiro. “You have the right not to go to the White House. Choosing not to go to the White House, you know, you know, that’s your problem.”
Ben Shapiro’s remarks came after NBA superstar Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers told reporters it was “typical” of President Donald Trump to uninvite the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House and that between the two competing NBA final opponents, the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers, “no one wants an invite anyway.”
Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s comments from his after show on Wednesday:
Ben Shapiro: “So, the NFL controversy, of course, has bled over to the NBA, where a bunch of players hate President Trump with a passion, and they are looking for an excuse to make a headline about how much they dislike President Trump.
“So, Lebron James has decided to comment now. Lebron has a long history of disliking President Trump. He said that President Trump had revivified rage in the country and hate in the country and all this stuff.
“Here’s Lebron James saying that if we win the NBA finals, we will not go to the White House, and then Steph Curry says the same thing.”
Lebron James: “I mean, I know no matter who wins this series no one wants an invite anyway. It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.
“We have a lot of freedom in our country, and guys, men or female, have the right to do what they want to do, you know, in a very respectful manner. And I think if they decided they didn’t want to go, then they have the right.”
Shapiro: “So, I obviously agree with Lebron James. You have the right not to go to the White House. Choosing not to go to the White House, you know, that’s your problem. I didn’t have a problem when Tim Thomas did it with the Boston Bruins.
“I find this whole controversy very off-putting and silly. I think it’s a waste of time.
“Steph Curry said the same thing. So, for all those people saying, ‘Well, Lebron’s never gonna go to the White House anyway because he’s gonna get swept.’ That’s true, but Steph Curry is saying the same thing.”
Editor's Note: Shapiro suggests that Lebron James “said that President Trump had revivified rage in the country and hate in the country and all this stuff.” James, according to the Guardian, tweeted on August 15, 2017 the following: “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!”