Although the Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA championship, they have yet to receive an invitation to the White House. On Wednesday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, should the team receive an invitation, they would consider accepting it due to the possible positive outcomes that could result from the visit.
Kerr and the Warrior players have been vocal critics of President Trump since his inauguration, calling him a blowhard and an ass. Following the championship win on June 12, Kerr’s tone has evolved.
“I think it could make a statement in a time where there’s so much divide and everybody seems to be angry with each other. It might be a good statement for us to go,” he said. “And to show that, ‘Hey, let’s put this aside, put all this partisan stuff aside and personal stuff aside, respect the institution.’
“I, like many of our players, am very offended by some of Trump’s words and actions,” Kerr noted. “On the other hand, I do think there’s something to respecting the office, respecting our institutions, our government.”
In 2017, the Chicago Cubs, Clemson Tigers and New England Patriots have visited the White House. The Cubs visit came during the Obama administration, just days before Trump was inaugurated.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, two-year Stanley Cup champions, have not yet received an invitation to the White House. If invited, CEO and team president David Morehouse said they “would never turn down a visit to the White House” and that they “would go as a team.”
The Warriors have been offered a fallback plan in case they do not receive an invitation for a White House visit. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee have invited the Warriors to visit Capitol Hill.
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