In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, there is already an important question being raised. Will the Dubs take the customary championship visit to the White House? CNBC’s Josh Brown, among others, said he’d seen reports the Warriors had unanimously voted to skip the White House visit.
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
Multiple members of the Warriors, including Steph Curry and Steve Kerr, have been outspoken in their criticism of President Trump in the past and skipping the visit to the White House would be a significant statement. Since the tradition began back in 1865, no championship team for any major American sport has skipped out on an invitation to visit the White House.
Most recently six members of the New England Patriots publicly announced they would not be attending their championship White House visit, with defensive end Chris Long being quoted as saying, “[When] my son grows up – and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is – I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey dad, why’d you go when you knew the right thing was to not go?'”
To clear up confusion in the Twitterverse, however, the Warriors released an official statement regarding the possibility of passing on an invitation to the White House:
Official statement from the Warriors pic.twitter.com/59PmJ9IflX
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 13, 2017