A couple of high-profile visitors — LeBron James and Donald Trump — were on the White House guest list Thursday.
President Obama was scheduled to honor James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. But first, he planned to meet with Trump, the president-elect.
One was celebrating a basketball title. The other was beginning his transition to the White House.
James, a visible supporter of Hillary Clinton, was among a handful of NBA players and coaches who were disappointed with the election outcome.
Three days after campaigning in support of Clinton in Ohio, James tried to remain optimistic in her defeat.
“Don’t lose a bit of faith!” James wrote on his Instagram account. “Minorities and Women in all please know that this isn’t the end, it’s just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!!”
Others, including former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, were more harsh in voicing their displeasure.
Now the coach of the Detroit Pistons, Van Gundy told the Detroit Free Press that Trump was “openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic.”
“What we have done to minorities...in this election is despicable,” Van Gundy said. “I’m having a hard time dealing with it.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr compared Trump to “The Jerry Springer Show.”
“I thought we were better than this,” Kerr said. “I thought ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ was ‘The Jerry Springer Show.’ This is a presidential election. It’s not ‘The Jerry Springer Show.’”