On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet disinviting Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors from the White House, after Curry and a number of other Warriors said they were not interested in making the traditional DC visit after winning the NBA Finals last season.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
“I don’t want to go,” Curry said at Warriors’ Media Day. “That’s kind of the nucleus of my belief. It’s different, it’s not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation.”
It should be noted that while President Trump claims the Warriors invitation has now been withdrawn, the Warriors actually never received an invitation, and would’ve been welcomed if they ultimately wanted to go, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
LeBron James was one of a number of athletes to publicly defend Curry and the Warriors in response to Trump’s tweet, calling the president a “bum” and saying that visiting the White House no longer an honor with in him office.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Expect more comments like this from Curry’s NBA peers as the day goes on.