The Golden State Warriors, who have won two of the league’s last three championships and Two time MVP and NBA champion Steph Curry and are in question over making a decision of not attending the White House after winning last seasons NBA championship.
Despite many strong signs of the widespread distaste for President Trump would likely lead to the team not taking part in the annual ritual. The team will meet to make a decision in the coming days. General manager Bob Myers made it clear that the team has had contact with the White House and the door was left open for a possible visit.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and two-time MVP Steph Curry the two men with more influence on the team’s culture than all the rest stated their belief that they prefer not to attend which has something to do with Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville riot in mid-August which is still fresh on the minds of the Warriors who see it the same way as Curry and Kerr.
When asking around campus on the current situation with the Warriors not visiting the White House, Chaz Wade a member of the mens basketball team said “I fully agree with Steph Curry and his decision. Being a minority as well as a basketball player I feel that Steph Curry is entitled to his opinion and beliefs. I find it very cool how he is using his platform as a professional basketball player to help fix certain issues in the United States” said Chaz.
In response to Curry’s comment President Trump withdrew his invitation to the NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House and blaming the team’s star, Stephen Curry, for “hesitating” about accepting the offer. President Trump took to social media and said “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
When asked why he wants to skip the visit and what the intended message would be, Curry elaborated. “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 in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It’s not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. We’re using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that, so that’s kind of where I stand on it. I don’t think us not going to the White House is going to miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”
Many other players such as LeBron James have also weighed in on the situations saying “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted.
Seeing as how attended the White House for championship teams is an honor, we live in the United States and free to our own opinion. Fellow classmate and military veteran Ivan Zamora said “I fought for this country and all of its values. I served so that people could have their own opinions and voice themselves if they feel something is wrong or if they disagree with certain issues in this country”.