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The developing feud between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball isn’t Steve Kerr’s cup of tea.

Trump and Ball began a war of words over the weekend as a result of the former claiming credit for freeing three UCLA players, including Ball’s son LiAngelo, from detainment in China for alleged shoplifting. The players thanked Trump, but the Ball patriarch dismissed the role he played in liberating the trio, leading the president to state he “should have left them in jail.

While plenty were shocked by the U.S. head of state’s quotes, Kerr is simply tired of hearing about both outspoken individuals.

“Modern life … Two people seeking attention and they’re both getting it. I’m sure both guys are really happy. We know it would help if all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible?” he asked the media during a scrum Sunday, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “You could probably stop covering LaVar; I don’t think you can stop covering the president.

“It would be nice for all of us if both of them could just be quiet. Wouldn’t that be great?”

It isn’t the first time the Golden State Warriors head coach has expressed frustration with either Trump or Ball.

In March, prior to the Los Angeles Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball, Kerr warned LaVar his constant bragging wouldn’t do his sons any favors. Kerr has also been public about his dissatisfaction with Trump, including in May, when he opined that the 71-year-old “couldn’t be more ill-suited to be president.”

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As the Astros prepared to parade through the streets of Houston on Friday to celebrate the franchise’s first-ever World Series title, manager A.J. Hinch wouldn’t definitively say whether his team would accept a potential invitation to the White House.

“We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Hinch told the Associated Press. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.”

Several of his players, however, had no such reservations about expressing their willingness to visit with President Donald Trump, who’s hosted several championship teams at the White House since assuming office but famously uninvited the Golden State Warriors in September because Steph Curryhesitated to accept his offer. (At the time, the Warriors had yet to actually receive a formal invitation to the White House).

“I’m going to go,” Dallas Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and former American League Cy Young Award winner, told Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle.

Meanwhile, George Springer, who was named World Series MVP after going 11-for-29 (.379) with five home runs – tying a Fall Classic record – in his club’s showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he wouldn’t sit out the visit if the team collectively decided to go.

“If the team goes I’m going,” Springer told the Associated Press. “I’m not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. … I understand the stuff that’s been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn’t anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I’ll go.”

Alex Bregman, the 23-year-old third baseman who tweeted in October that Trump “is a joke,” said he would defer to the judgment of two of his more veteran teammates with respect to the decision.

“How do I feel about it? Umm. I don’t know,” Bregman told Atkins. “I’m gonna do whatever Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa do.”

Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry have both spoken out against President Donald Trump and his policies, and agree on who would be a better fit to run the United States.

That person is none other than San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

“I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president,” Kerr said Wednesday of the bench boss with a military background, according to ESPN.com.

“All jokes aside. I would vote for him.”

The Golden State Warriors coach, who played four seasons and won two championships with the Spurs under Popovich, elaborated on why the 68-year-old would make a good POTUS.

“Honesty and integrity,” Kerr said. “Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become president. Honesty and integrity would be fantastic to see. He would provide that.”

Curry agreed, saying Pop is “great for the NBA and would be even better for the country, probably.”

Trump withdrew the defending champs’ invitation to visit the White House this year in response to Curry’s reluctance to go. Like the Dubs duo, Popovich has been openly critical of Trump, most recently calling him a “soulless coward.”

There’s a mock presidential campaign pushing for Popovich and Kerr to run together in the next election.

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell – the only MLB player to kneel during the national anthem in 2017 in protest of racial discrimination – says he was denied service at a restaurant in his Alabama hometown by a pro-Trump waiter who took issue with his protest.

“I got racially profiled in my hometown the day I got home,” Maxwell recently told TMZ Sports. “I wasn’t even home four hours and I got denied service at lunch with our city councilman – who’s also an African-American guy I went to high school with – because the dude recognized me as the guy that took a knee, and he voted for Trump and was at that Trump rally in Huntsville, Ala.

“He was like, ‘You’re the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for.'”

Following the exchange, Maxwell – who grew up in Harvest, Ala. – said his dining companion “had some words” with the restaurant manager, who then assigned another server to their table.

“That’s where I’m from, man,” Maxwell said. “And like I said, unless you’re subject to it, you won’t understand it, you won’t feel it. But it’s like, I’m 26 years old, I’m very respectful, I’m very educated, and it still happens, to this day.”

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan believes there’s a hidden agenda behind President Donald Trump’s perceived war against the NFL.

Khan believes that Trump, who once unsuccessfully tried to purchase the Buffalo Bills, feels jilted by the league and is trying to attack it to avenge a personal vendetta.

“This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan told Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports.

“He’s been elected president, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely,” Khan added. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated.”

Khan also blasted Trump for his domestic and foreign policies that he believes discriminate against Muslims and Jews – an issue that reaches well beyond the realm of football.

“Let’s get real,” Khan said. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews. I think the NFL doesn’t even come close to that on the level of being offensive. Here, it’s about money, or messing with – trying to soil a league or a brand that he’s jealous of.”

Khan donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund but it appears he may harbor some regret about that decision.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hasn’t minced words in the past over his opinion of president Donald Trump, and won’t be starting now.

Pertaining to an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4 which killed four U.S. soldiers, Trump said the following as to why he hadn’t issued a public statement on the matter, as transcribed by The Nation’s Dave Zirin: “President (Barack) Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Popovich – a military man who served five years in the United States Air Force – reached out to Zirin so he could vent his frustrations over Trump’s comments, insisting that whatever he said be on the record:

I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never-ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.

This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner – and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers – is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.

When it was announced that Trump had won the presidency back in November, Popovich mentioned that he was “sick to his stomach” because of the “xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic” things Trump had uttered prior to being elected.

Popovich has also called America “an embarrassment” to the rest of the world, if only because of Trump’s residence in the Oval Office. He’s even questioned how Trump’s supporters could possibly continue to support a man who continuously crosses moral and ethical boundaries.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is helping to lead a resistance against President Trump’s recent ‘demands’ that all NFL players stand for the national anthem.

Khan was one of the first owners to link arms with his team on the sideline following Trump’s initial cry for NFL players to respect the anthem.

“I had heard from a lot of the players what their feelings were, how offended they were (by Trump’s comments) and what they were going to do and my concern was that they don’t do anything to hurt themselves,” Khan said, according to Zoe Galland of Chicago Business. “We wanted to do something as a team, because a team divided against itself cannot stand.”

NFL owners will meet in New York to discuss the ongoing controversy next week – one which Khan says Trump has largely manufactured.

“A lot of the stuff like football (that) Trump does is highly calculated—he looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up,” said Khan.

“You have to give (him) credit, people are confused on the First Amendment versus patriotism, that if you exercise your First Amendment you’re not a patriot, which is crazy … People are confused on it, (Trump) knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”