Golden State Warriors Skipping White House Visit After NBA Victory
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017—The Golden State Warriors will not be attending the White House ceremony traditionally held for the NBA champions this year, according to reports.
Less than 24 hours after winning the NBA championship Monday night, team members unanimously voted to skip the traditional White House visit and ceremony, according to several reporters.
Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr have been outspoken critics of Trump and his divisive rhetoric for months.
When Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said Trump was an “asset” to the country, Stephen Curry replied, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et’,” in an interview.
Head coach Steve Kerr has been critical of Trump on several occasions, criticizing the travel ban and commenting on it in late January.
“I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father,” said Kerr after a game. “If we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country by really going against the principles that this country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way to go about it.”
Kerr has also been critical of Trump’s fitness for the job of president,
“It’s about leadership, it’s about compassion and dignity and character and treating people the right way,” he said in February. “That’s leadership. It’s terrifying we have someone in office who espouses none of that.”
David West, the team’s power forward, called Trump’s victory in November “disappointing” and “disheartening.”
The report comes one day after Clemson visited the White House and were welcomed by Trump as NCAA champions. It also comes after a number of New England Patriots refused to visit the White House after their recent NFL victory.
The Golden State Warriors attended the White House ceremony after winning the 2015 NBA championship, when Barack Obama was president.
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