President Trump on Saturday tweeted that he had rescinded his invitation to the White House for Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who won the NBA championship last season. Customarily, championship teams visit the White House following their historic run, but since Trump took office, the event has become more political.
Curry commented in an ESPN interview on Friday that he doesn’t want to go to the White House. His words echoed others who have taken up the resist-Trump movement. He said that boycotting the event would give the Warriors “an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American, and stand for something,” he said, according to Fox News.
Reaction to the development has stirred controversy on both sides. Some of praised Trump, while others have stood on the side of Curry.
This isn’t the first time a professional star has chosen to boycott the White House following his team’s championship season. NFL Super Bowl champ Tom Brady opted out of his team’s invitation, citing family reasons, although he thanked Trump for the honor. Several of his teammates also opted out of the invitation.
It was unclear from Trump’s tweet whether he rescinded his invitation only for Curry, or for his whole team.
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