A time-honored tradition among America’s professional sports teams is a visit to the White House, where players meet the president and receive congratulations for their wins, after winning a championship game. That tradition is all but ending with the disaster-in-chief named Donald Trump.
The latest team faced with a decision on whether or not to continue that tradition is the Golden State Warriors, the NBA champions of 2016. Their most well-known player, Stephen Curry, has stated unequivocally that he has no intention of attending any meet-and-greet with President Trump following that win.
Trump appears to be furious with the decision, just as he was in Alabama on Friday night when he called for NFL players like Colin Kaepernick to be “fired” while calling him a “son of a b*tch.” In his outrage at those who refuse to normalize Trump’s racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry, Trump took to Twitter for a quick hissy fit.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Curry certainly didn’t sound as though he was “hesitating” in interviews on Friday. The NBA’s MVP was quite clear on his decision in a lengthy public statement, according to Sports Illustrated.
‘That we don’t stand for basically what our president has — the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said at the right times — that we won’t stand for it. By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward. It’s not just the act of not going, there are things you have to do in the back end that you have to push that message into motion.
‘You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things — from Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change. We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.’
Trump just does not seem to understand that being elected president by a base of voters – for whom racism and xenophobia was not a hard line a candidate shouldn’t cross – does not mean that the entire country will support those same bigoted beliefs or be associated with the man responsible for the modern normalization of bigotry in the United States.
One other issue with Trump’s tantrum-throwing tweet? The Warriors have not yet been invited to the White House. There is no invitation to Stephen Curry or any other player to rescind, and the NBA team’s players don’t seem to be too bothered by the idea of skipping that visit.
Twitter was not amused or supportive of Trump’s little rant against Curry.