June 05–CLEVELAND — The Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have something in common despite their bitter rivalry — neither team wants to visit The White House if they win the championship.
“I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway,” LeBron James said Tuesday. “So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
Stephen Curry echoed James’ sentiment.
“I agree with LeBron,” Curry said. “Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, kind of stay consistent with that.”
After Golden State won the 2017 NBA championship, President Donald Trump rescinded the Warriors’ invitation to The White House in a tweet after Curry, among others, expressed they didn’t want to participate in the tradition.
“When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, [Trump] disinvites them so the photo op don’t look bad,” Kevin Durant said. “We get it at this point. It’s good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”
On Monday evening, Trump uninvited the 2018 Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, from a White House visit after several players said they didn’t want to attend because of Trump’s criticism of players kneeling during the national anthem.
Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said if any of his players wanted to protest during the national anthem, they’d have his support.
“Yeah, of course, because you have to understand that what players have protested is not the military,” Kerr said. “They’re protesting police brutality and racial inequality. So if any American wants to protest that anytime, that’s their right as Americans. That’s what the military fights for, is free speech. So I would be perfectly fine with any of our players doing so.”
James said he wasn’t surprised by Trump’s latest move with the Eagles.
“I actually just found out about it as I was walking up to the podium,” James said. “I didn’t really digest it enough. But it’s typical of him. I’m not surprised.”
Kerr, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, said it’s just more of the same from the president.
“I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” Kerr said. “So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds…It will be nice when we can just get back to normal in three years.”
Draymond Green went on to suggest that maybe the tradition of championship teams visiting The White House needs some revising.
“I guess everybody gets disinvited,” Green said. “Maybe it’s just a tradition that needs to stop if everybody’s going to be disinvited.”
This article provided by NewsEdge.