According to Sports Illustrated, the Golden State Warriors say they have not yet been invited to the White House for the visit that honors sports champions. “Today is about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House but will make those decisions, when and if necessary,” the team announced in a statement, which contradicts previous rumors that said the team unanimously declined the invite.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was reportedly asked about President Trump many times throughout this season, during which Kerr once called him a “blowhard,” describing POTUS as “ill-suited” for the job.
Last month, Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the NBA Players Association, stated that if the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship, neither team would accept an offer to visit the White House. Roberts, a former D.C. public defender, and litigation attorney, according to The Federalist, suggested both the Cavs and Warriors were against Trump and the new administration.
Following last night’s roaring finals, where the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 129-120, New York City-based financial advisor and the CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, Joshua Brown, announced over Twitter that our new NBA champions unanimously rejected the invitation to the White House.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: NBA championship winning Warriors decide unanimously as a team they will boycott White House invitation to meet President Trump. pic.twitter.com/cTQoOKdiLw
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 13, 2017
There hasn’t been an official team announcement yet, but skipping an invite from the 45th is one play we support sitting out.