It wasn’t enough to go after NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Donald Trump took to Twitter after hearing that several members of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors still didn’t want to visit the White House. He singled out Steph Curry and rescinded his supposed invitation.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a Championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
Curry isn’t the only one who wants to pass on going. Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Finals MVP Kevin Durant have been very clear about their positions. And yet, Trump singled Curry out. But coming to his defense, LeBron James tweeted that Trump is the reason for Curry’s hesitation. There are many who would rather wait for him to leave office before visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue again.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James wrote. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Why Curry Doesn’t Want To Go
During media day on Friday, Curry was asked to further explain his reasons for not wanting to go meet with Trump. The team usually puts these things to a vote, but if it were up to Curry he would have already said no. His reasons were crystal clear.
“That we don’t stand for basically what our President has–the things that he’s said and the things he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It’s not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.”
The Warriors Weigh-In
On Saturday afternoon, the Warriors released a statement confirming that no one from the organization will visit the White House thanks to Trump’s tweets. Looks like if you go after Curry, you go after all of the Warriors.
“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,” the statement reads. “…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.”
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017