It has been a longstanding tradition for the championship winning team in the NBA and NFL to travel to Washington to meet, and have their photos taken with the President. It seems that with Donald Trump being the sitting president that the tradition may be coming to an end, or at least a standstill.
Amid the rumors that the NBA champion may opt to skip the White House visit tradition, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited the Golden State Warriors,who had defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to win the NBA championship, to visit the Capitol via twitter.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 13, 2017
Many key members of the Warriors have strongly, and publicly opposed President Trump, starting during his campaign, continuing on as he took over as president. Head coach Steve Kerr had criticized Trump’s executive order regarding travel. In addition to this, the Warriors star player, Stephen Curry, called Trump out, saying that Trump is an asset, if only you remove the ‘et’.
Earlier in the year, Warriors Forward David West said of Trump, “All the tactics that he used to get elected are the very things someone like me, who works with youth on a consistent basis, are the things that we try to talk our young folks out of doing.”
Josh Brown, CNBC analyst, sent out a tweet stating that the Warriors will be skipping the vist to the White House, although it was not clear what reports he was getting that information from.
A spokesman told ABC that the team declined to comment on reports as the whether they would or would not attend the White House.
There are tweets out there saying The Warriors have decided not to visit the White House. Warriors spokesperson tells me- no comment on that
— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) June 13, 2017
This is not the first time that Trump has been snubbed by a sports team. Previously in the year, many of the New England Patriots team members opted not to attend the visit to the White House and meeting with President Trump.
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