Despite the fact that the Golden State Warriors visited the White House after their 2015 NBA championship, it appears as though they will be skipping the trip following their 2017 victory.
According to CSN, the Steve Kerr coached Warriors decided immediately after Trump’s election on November 9 that it would skip its White House visit if they won the Larry O’Brien trophy.
The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland in Game 5 on Monday to win the franchise’s second NBA championship in three years.
via NBC Sports Bay Area:
Kerr said last November that if the Warriors were to win the NBA Finals, he would not accept an invitation to visit the White House. Those were Kerr’s feelings then, but he felt it would be presumptuous to express them publicly during the middle of a season. Now that the Warriors have the championship, taking out the Cavaliers in five games, don’t expect that to change.
The Warriors are prepared to make a political statement, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon. A report early Tuesday morning indicated the team had voted unanimously to boycott any invitation that might come from the White House.
Though the Warriors quickly issued a statement later Tuesday morning indicating no final decision has been made, not a man in the locker room or in the coach’s office would be comfortable visiting a president who has sowed such division while renouncing civility and from the country’s highest office.
While the franchise and the league may want the Warriors players to attend the visit, it does not seem as though the players themselves are willing to go.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is Democrat from California, said she the Warriors are welcome to make a visit to Capitol Hill to celebrate their championship. Pelosi represents California’s 12th District, which is within the city limits of San Francisco.
This is not the first time attendance at a Trump held ceremony has been an issue, as multiple New England Patriots declined their invitation to visit the White House.