In a world where elite overpaid athletes and actors have come to believe their opinion on any topic ranging from complex scientific theories to political systems is of vital importance, they often forget that most people don’t really care what a talk show host says about climate change or a boxer thinks about Venezuela.

So while Kevin Durant, MVP of the Golden State Warriors, may labor under the grave misapprehension that the world is waiting with bated breath for his opinion of President Donald Trump, in fact at least 63 million Americans don’t really give a damn.

While watching Durant perform at the highest level of athleticism in his sport is a pleasure, there is nothing to suggest he has any idea of how to interact with world leaders, shape policy, direct the armed forces or conduct the administration of government.

Yet, immediately, after Trump’s stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton, even before the 2016-2017 NBA season was in the books, the Oakland-based team announced it would not accept the traditional invitation to the White House.

Durant was blunt.

“Nah, I won’t do that. I don’t respect who’s in office right now.”

True to their promise, when the Warriors won the championship in June 2017, the team announced it was preparing “a political statement” to refuse President Trump’s official invitation to visit the White House in recognition of their win.

Now, months later, the president took the step of taking back the invitation.

“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

The move came after professional athletes reacted to the president’s statement that players who kneel rather than stand for the national anthem should be fired from their teams.

The next day LeBron James called the president “a bum” tweeting, Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

So, as adult men who get paid millions of dollars a year to play for several months out of the year grouse about politics, President Trump simply withdrew the honor of recognition and went about his business – trying to figure out a way to avoid nuclear war with dictator Kim Jong-Un, broker compromises on tax reform and health care in Congress, confront terrorism abroad and protect Americans – all of them, even Durant and Curry and James – at home.

Do you believe professional athletes should be accorded special consideration when they express their opinion on political issues?

Source: 100 percent fed up

 
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