NBA Champs Golden State Warriors Mulling Rejection of Trump White House Visit
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 21:40
Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed his disappointment with the election results last November, saying after the election that Trump regularly used "racist, misogynist, insulting words" during his campaign.
The possibility of the team skipping the White House visit in the event of winning the National Basketball Association title has been speculated online for months, given the criticism of President Donald Trump from Curry and Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors addressed speculation about whether they will make the traditional visit to the White House, saying they "will make those decisions when and if necessary". "Hell, nah", he said (via USA Today).
"Today is all about celebrating our championship", the team said in a statement Tuesday.
The Warriors' Andre Iguodala was less subtle, when asked before his team's title-clinching win Monday about a potential trip to Trump's White House. "This is a moment we all need to enjoy together", he said. "But, obviously as a team, we're going to have a conversation". We have the parade, we just won a title.
"We don't want that to taint what we've accomplished this year".
More importantly, this has put the Warriors in line to compete for another championship next season as the early heavy favorites to repeat and add more hardware well beyond that. "And I know he wants to be here and we want him here. And we are going to move forward with that when we have a chance to". "Just with everything that's going on right now, I just don't agree with a lot of stuff that's happening".
However, controversial policies and statements by President Donald Trump have created uncertainty about the future of White House title celebrations under this administration in some leagues, including in the predominantly African American NBA.