Last week, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Iman Shumpert said he wouldn't go to the White House if his team wins another NBA title and gets invited by President-elect Trump. We're going to stay away from the original post, from the website Complex, because some of the language in the interview is NSFW (or youngsters).
In a recap of the interview on TMZ.com, Shumpert was asked if he'd go and simply said: "I'm not going to the White House."
That set off Fran Tarkenton, the Vikings' Hall of Fame quarterback turned businessman and Trump supporter. In an interview with TMZ, Tarkenton said: "If a President of the United States, our No.1 guy, invites you to the [White House] and you're gonna boycott it? Because why? It's stupid."
And Tarkenton added: "Nobody boycotted Obama because he's black did they? No. They all went there because he was our president."
Shumpert cited "racial, sexist [expletive] he's got going on," which Tarkenton turned into a black president/white president issue.
Tarkenton was wrong to say that "everyone went" to the White House when they were invited by President Obama. Among those who refused to accept was former Vikings center Matt Birk, who didn't join his Baltimore Ravens teammates after they won the 2012 Super Bowl. Birk cited disagreements with Obama over abortion and Planned Parenthood funding as his reason for declining.
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas didn't go when Obama honored the team for winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, citing his political beliefs.
Four of the 12 NASCAR drivers invited in 2011 after qualifying for the season-ending Chase competition turned down their invitations, citing "scheduling conflicts," according to this Associated Press report.
Asked what his conflict was, driver Kevin Harvick said: "I don't think that is anyone's business. It is just a bad week for us."
NASCAR took a public relations hit for the poor attendance and, two years later, all 12 drivers who qualified for The Chase at the end of the NASCAR schedule came to the White House when invited.
"Everybody learned a good lesson to be here this year," said driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the time.
Tarkenton's take doesn't quite qualify as fake news as much as a rant where he scrambled the facts.
Here's the video.