Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he received racist voicemails this week.
Last Saturday, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James took to Twitter, calling President Donald Trump a “bum” for “rescinding” his invitation for Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House – which Curry said his team wouldn’t accept anyway. Apparently, the whole ordeal brought out the worst in some people.
Friday, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert told CNBC his phone has been “flooded” with messages – many of which were racist in nature. Gilbert said he “didn’t even realize” the racism in the country beforehand.
“I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist [messages],” Gilbert said Friday as a guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “There’s an element of racism that I didn’t even realize existed in this country this much.”
…”the thing is, I mean, some of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard people say,” Gilbert said. “And you could hear it in their voice — the racism. It wasn’t even really about the issue, and that’s what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them.”
If you didn’t catch LeBron’s tweet, you can read it below.
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
Sadly, the last few weeks have highlighted the racism that still exists in our country.