The Golden State Warriors issued a statement saying that it will not attend the White House visit in celebration of winning the NBA championship after Donald Trump attacked Stephen Curry. hours after he called black NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick, protesting the national anthem “son of a bitch.”
The Warriors said in a statement: “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 that 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.”
“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,” the statement ends.
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017
Separately UNC’s championship basketball team will not travel to visit the White House either.
North Carolina's 2017 national championship men’s basketball team will not visit the White House. https://t.co/kd5c0FnF0p
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 23, 2017
Reaction on Twitter:
— MichelleRafter (@MichelleRafter) September 23, 2017
Love it – "celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion…the values that we embrace as an organization" https://t.co/jBmXz9mJq7
— Paul Reid (@paulreid125) September 23, 2017
— Marty Rabinowitz (@marty888nyc) September 23, 2017
He expects us to trust him to deal with North Korea and he gets diplomatically outflanked by a sports team. https://t.co/RKJe4JjMA4
— Peter Cohen (@flargh) September 23, 2017