The NBA championship teams traditionally visit the White House after winning, but not this year! The Golden State Warriors were not invited after their star player, Steph Curry, had a slight beef with President Donald Trump. Upon their victory last season, Curry expressed that he would likely avoid going to the White House and it’s believed that it was because Trump was President. Visiting the White house is an honor regardless of who is in the seat of the leadership, and all teams and players should always visit together. That won’t happen this year, and the Golden State Warriors have created different plans for their trip to D.C.
The players from the warriors will visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture instead of going to the White House. It’s great that they would like to visit a museum, but visiting the White House would have been more respectable and provides the players an opportunity to have an open discussion with the President. It’s honestly a shame that another set of athletes have expressed their tolerance with the President and he’s therefore uninvited them from visiting. It’s unfortunate that they couldn’t mend their issues and continue with the grand tradition of champion athletes meeting the leader of the United States. It takes a team packed with leaders to win a championship in any major sport, and this is be} a time when real leaders can come together and discuss their problems, enjoy time together, and unite for an honest cause and some selfies for social media.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen with basketball players this year.
The Hill has provided more information on the Warriors’ plans:
“The Golden State Warriors are planning to go to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture during their time in Washington, D.C. this week after President Trump disinvited the NBA champions from the White House.
“The White House is a great honor, but there are other circumstances that we felt not comfortable going,” all-star guard Klay Thompson told reporters Monday night, according to the New York Post.
“We’re not going to politicize anything. We’re just going to go hang out with some kids and take them to the African-American Museum and teach them things we learned along the way, life lessons and hopefully give them some great memories.”
Trump publicly disinvited the team last year after star player Stephen Curry was quoted as saying he would likely avoid the visit if the team was invited to the White House to meet the president.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
The players are now planning other activities that “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion” in lieu of a White House visit during their trip to Washington, the team said in a recent statement.”
Thankfully Klay Thompson agrees that the White house is a great honor. It causes you to think that he would prefer to go there rather than a museum. However, since the entire team was disinvited because of Steph Curry’s comments, he now loses that chance to go to the White House. There are most likely several players who wanted to go to the President, but currently they’re unable to, and that’s simply a shame.
It’s very disrespectful for have athletes to avoid the White House if they dislike the President. A visit with the team, a team photo, a tour of magnificent American history, and an opportunity to meet the President is an honor that all athletes should respect. If an athlete gets an opportunity to meet the President, then that’s their chance to make their voice be detected at the highest level of American leadership.
It’s great that the players are visiting a museum with kids, however they might have done that anytime. They should have talked to President Trump and kept the champion tradition alive. There’s a lot of traditions in America, and it’s unacceptable when they’re broken because of selfish disputes.
Why did Steph Curry have to get all political and say he’ll skip the trip? This would have been the proper time to unite more people and convey everyone together in a nice conversation to speak about important problems.