Trumped… A Nation Divided. What’s Your Take On Donald Trump’s Issue With Our Athletes?

In what has come to be one of the more surreal moments of the Trump administration, the U.S. president has drawn criticism “on many sides” for his latest digital barrage targeting a variety of American sports institutions and figures. Among them: the NFL, the NBA-championship winning Golden State Warriors and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

This specific tweet storm began on Friday night, where Trump rescinded his invitation to the White House to the Golden State Warriors because of star player Stephen Curry’s “hesitation” to commit to a visit:

The Warriors responded in kind with a rebuttal:

This exchange drew the ire of LeBron James, who used the opportunity to defend Steph Curry while calling Trump a “bum” and telling him that going to the White House “was a great honor until you showed up!”

Things got progressively weirder as Trump then began to move onto NFL players like quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has taken to kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protesting and highlighting continued racial inequality. Trump went so far as to motion that the NFL should fire the “sons-of-bitches” who refused to stand for the national anthem, and then decried that the sport of football was declining in ratings and quality because it was getting too soft—as in, players are no longer hitting each other hard enough.

His remarks essentially set off a bunch of other people in the sports world—former supporters and longtime detractors alike. Bob Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl championship-winning New England Patriots and noted friend of Trump was said to have been “deeply disappointed” by his comments.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded with a statement of his own, focusing on the NFL’s efforts to help out in the aftermath of several notable natural disasters that have recently occurred:

But it looks like Trump’s commentary may have backfired. According to The Wall Street Journal, during Sunday’s NFL games, more players than ever took a knee. The Pittsburgh Steelers even stayed in their locker room during the national anthem. On Saturday, the practice even reached Major League Baseball, as Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A’s became the first baseball player to take a knee.

We’ll continue to update this story as it progresses.

Magic Ink Disney for Jersey Sponsorship

The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves have become the seventh and eighth teams to sign a jersey advertiser for the forthcoming 2017-18 season. The Magic, in what can’t be a better fit, have partnered with the Walt Disney Company, while the T’wolves have inked San Francisco-based activity tracker, Fitbit. Although financials for each deal have yet to be revealed, reports suggest each will last for three seasons — the NBA‘s trial period for this new initiative.

You can see Orlando’s version above, however Minnesota will unveil their new jersey later this summer.

You’ll Soon Be Able to Live Stream VR NBA Games On-Demand

Late last year, the NBA announced plans to stream weekly games in virtual reality for all those with a $200 USD NBA League Pass subscription. Good news to all basketball fans, as a cheaper, on-demand option will be arriving on February 23. The latest option will allow viewers to watch matchups live in VR via the League Pass app for only $7 USD per game. However, NextVR has stated that this is just the “introductory price” for the rest of the current season, so don’t be surprised if the rate goes up.

To keep the festivities going, NextVR will also be offering free VR highlights from this weekends upcoming NBA All-Star Game being held in New Orleans. Expect to see the best moments from the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest that take place Saturday night, as well as the All-Star Game itself on Sunday. VR streaming is available on Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream headsets.