Still trying to decide whether or not they will make the traditional championship visit to the White House, teammates of the twice-crowned NBA champion Golden State Warriors don’t seem to have much respect for President Trump.
Player Stephen Curry said he’s leaning towards not going. “Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen, what would I do?” Curry said Wednesday afternoon. “I think I answered I wouldn’t go. Still feel like that today.”
The topic has been circulating on social media since the team won its second NBA title in three seasons Monday. Then, two reporters jumped the gun by publishing unconfirmed tweets that the team had “unanimously” decided to boycott the President’s invitation to the White House. In response, Golden State released a statement Tuesday morning saying that no such decision had been made.
However, some of the players have publicly come out against Trump’s administration, saying that they’re likely to stay away from the White House.
Back in February, backup point guard Shaun Livingston told reporters that he “definitely wouldn’t go” to the White House if the Warriors won the championship.
Steve Kerr, the team’s politically outspoken head coach, has stated his feelings on the president’s proposed immigration ban, saying it is “against the principles of what our country is about.”
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said in February that President Trump is “a real asset to our country,” and then Curry fired back, telling reporters, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.’”
According to Livingston, the team will make their decision through a panel. “Our captains lead the panel,” he explained, noting, “Other guys weigh in. Everyone has a voice. I’ve stated my opinions before.”
Members of the New England Patriots and Clemson football teams have visited the White House for championship celebrations since Trump took office. Upon their second consecutive win of the Stanley Cup, CEO David Morehouse said the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team will accept their invitation to the White House.
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