The Golden State Warriors Will Visit D.C. But They Won’t Be Stopping At The White House
You might recall a few months back, before he was projecting his insecurities on to Oprah and beating his chest attempting to intimidate Lavar Ball, Donald Trump was in his feelings on Twitter after Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors didn’t explode with excitement over an invite extended to his team to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump took to Twitter to “disinvite” the team and spare his ego, but the players weren’t the least bit pressed.
Months later they still aren’t in their locker room in the fetal position mourning the “missed opportunity”. In fact the team is still headed to D.C. only they’ll be bypassing the White House to seek some better company. To commemorate their 2016-17 NBA title the team has selected an undisclosed venue in the city where local kids will join them. The visit would be closed off to the media. Head coach Steve Kerr revealed to ESPN that the decision was left with the team to choose how they would spend their visit:
“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So, they made their plans.
“I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.”
Only players, coaches and students will be in attendance.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant have always been outspoken when it comes to behavior of the 45th President and before the withdrawn invitation last year, the players expressed the team was prepared to take a vote when it came to the White House visit to ensure they were all on the same page. Curry shared at the time that the team takes their integrity and the causes they believe in very seriously:
“We’re not trying to divide and separate this country.”
“We’re trying to bring everybody together and speak about love and togetherness and equality. I think that was demonstrated in response to what happened this morning, which is a powerful thing for sure.”
Sources reveal the team considered several other options for their visit including a trip to Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. In addition, two members of the Democratic party, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, extended invites to the Warriors to celebrate winning their second championship in three years at the U.S. Capitol. But ultimately the team decided to go in a direction that was personal to them and keep the politics separate from the event. Forward, Draymond Green shared the team wants to keep the visit positive, especially in a time when politics have become so negative:
“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating a championship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that.”
“It’s about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?”