The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night. They apparently wasted little time in deciding whether to visit the White House and President Donald Trump if invited.
Their decision was a resounding no.
The Warriors unanimously decided to not visit the White House, according to a report.
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports. — Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
The Warriors attended the White House ceremony to honor their 2015 NBA Finals title when former President Barack Obama was in the White House. The news comes the day after Clemson visited the White House in honor of their National Championship win over Alabama in January.
The Warriors have not made an official announcement, but head coach Steve Kerr and several players have been openly critical of Trump and his policies.
Kerr has called Donald Trump a “blowhard” and “ill-suited” to be president. Star guard Stephen Curry basically called Trump an ass. Guard Shaun Livingston said he wouldn’t visit the White House if the Warriors won the title. Forward David West expressed his unhappiness after the election of Trump, saying it was “unsettling.”
The Warriors may not accept an invitation. But they may not receive one. Trump may not invite a team that includes such opposition to him. Trump did invite the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, whose owner (Robert Kraft) and coach (Bill Belichick) are close friends with Trump.
But many New England players declined to attend the ceremony including star quarterback Tom Brady — who said he would not attend for personal reasons — running back LeGarrette Blount, tight end Martellus Bennett, wide receiver Danny Amendola, cornerback Malcolm Butler and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
— Geoffrey C. Arnold
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