Following a championship win in the NBA Finals, the winning team usually visits the White House in the months following. But, for the Golden State Warriors, its not happening.
Much of the team and coach Steve Kerr have been openly critical of President Trump and his administration throughout his presidency. In fact, Warriors star Stephen Curry said he would vote no to visit the White House if invited last week, while Kevin Durant previously told ESPN that he wouldn’t go either.
After hearing of the Warriors’ desire not to visit to White House, President Trump publicly withdrew the team’s invite… via Twitter on Saturday morning (Sept. 23).
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn,” the current POTUS tweeted.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
Following Trump’s tweet, LeBron James replied, telling Trump that “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
According to ESPN, the NBA had been in communication with the White House and believed an invitation would be extended… if the team decided as a group to attend.