Golden State and Trump Break Up
The Golden State Warriors will not go to the White House when they visit Washington early next year, announcing the decision hours after President Donald Trump tweeted he was withdrawing his original invitation.
Trump’s comments which came through twitter drew sharp responses from some of the nation’s top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a “bum.”
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
Trump started by announcing that Stephan Curry, the two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams after Curry indicated he didn’t want to come.
Curry had said he did not want to go anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday — and had planned to discuss it in the morning before the president’s tweet.
The Warriors said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead “celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.” General manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled.
Inclusion and Team Response
“The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,” Myers said. “So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.”
The team also posted the following from their pr account.
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017