Former NBA MVP Steve Nash spoke out Tuesday after President Donald Trump addressed violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend between white supremacists and counter-protestors.
In a post on Twitter (warning: NSFW language), Nash criticized Trump for doubling down on his statement that people on "many sides" were responsible for the violence. He also took aim at the President for promoting his winery in Charlottesville when asked if he would visit the site of the riots.
Steve Nash @SteveNash
To defend white supremacists and then slang his shitty ass grape juice pretty much sums the man up2017-8-15 20:56:39
"I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States," Trump said, per the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale. "It's in Charlottesville."
Nash wasn't the only player affiliated with the NBA to speak up Tuesday.
Shortly after the press conference concluded, LeBron James tweeted his objection to Trump's comments, specifically ones about the removal of a statue of Confederate Army commander Robert E. Lee:
LeBron James @KingJames
Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!2017-8-15 20:54:00
"Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee," Trump said, per the New York Times' Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman. "This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself: Where does it stop?"
"Is this the direction our country is heading?" James added. "Make America Great Again huh?! He said that."