As tradition stands, sports championship teams receive an invitation to visit the White House and meet the President of the United States. The Golden State Warriors, who received the winning title for the 2017 NBA finals, were initially given this same opportunity.
However, after the point guard for the Warriors, Stephen Curry, stated he did not want to visit the White House during an interview, Trump rescinded the invitation. It was unclear if only Curry’s invitation was rescinded, or the entire championship team’s.
The Golden State Warriors responded shortly after in a public statement. Ultimately, the team announced that they accepted the fact their invitation has been revoked, so they made other plans to utilize their trip.
The statement began, "While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them.”
It continued, “We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise. In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion—the values that we embrace as an organization.”
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