It’s pretty much customary for the NBA champion team to visit the White House for a congratulations from the president. But will that happen this year? Reports are mixed.
Rumors started swirling Tuesday that the Golden State Warriors had unanimously decided as a team that they would decline to visit the White House. That info seems to have originated with an unsubstantiated tweet.
But in a statement, the Warriors denied those rumors.
“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” their statement read. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”
It’s honestly kind of hard to picture the team going to the White House, though, at least with their head coach Steve Kerr in tow — he’s been pretty outspoken with his criticism of President Donald Trump in the past.
“I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you’re on,” Kerr has said. “People vote for all kinds of reasons, right? You vote for your pocket book. You vote for abortion rights or gay marriage or you vote for certain social policies or maybe foreign policy. Maybe you’re worried about this or that. And that’s what it should be about. You should vote based on policy. But this election had nothing to do with policy. It had to do with hatred and fear and we had a candidate who stirred that up, and I thought it was a horrible precedent for our country.”
Warriors team members have also spoken out against Trump. Star player Stephen Curry responded less than positively when Kevin Plank, CEO of his sponsor Under Armour, called Trump a “real asset.”
“I agree with that description,” Curry said, “if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
Another Warrior, David West, spoke out after the election, saying, “This whole fairy tale about this post-racial utopia that Obama supposedly created is all bull. That’s the bottom line. When you look at what the results say from last night, this nation has not moved a thread in terms of its ideals.”
So far during his presidency, Trump has invited NFL champion New England Patriots and NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers to the White House.