The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors were planning on going to the White House following their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals; however, on Saturday, Trump rescinded that offer.
On Friday, Steph Curry stated during a press conference:
“I don't wanna go. That's the nucleus of my belief. It's not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation."
Stephen Curry doesn't hold back on whether he'll vote to visit White House. pic.twitter.com/n2PBAtYQdA
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 22, 2017
Curry then told ESPN:
We have an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American and stand for something.
So, whatever your opinion is on either side ... we want to take advantage of this opportunity."
In response to this, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday:
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Just hours later, the Warriors issued an official statement in response to Trump's withdrawn invitation on the team homepage:
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017
It reads in full:
While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.
In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.
The NFL has been in the spotlight for being very politically charged, but now, it seems the NBA is following close behind.