The Golden State Warriors, who just won their fifth NBA championship, have unanimously decided to not visit the White House.
While championship teams are normally invited to the White House to take a photo with the President of the United States, the UK-based Independent is reporting that nobody on the Warriors’ roster is planning to make the trip to the White House this year. CNBC correspondent Josh Brown corroborated this on his Twitter account:
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
As of this writing, none of the Warriors’ star players have made any public statements or tweets about why they aren’t going to the White House. However, player David West and head coach Steve Kerr have both sharply criticized Trump in the past. A few days after the inauguration, West characterized Trump as a “bully.”
“All the tactics that he used to get elected are the very things that someone like me, who works with youth on a consistent basis, are the things that we try to talk our young folks out of being,” West told the San Jose Mercury News. “We try to talk our young people out of being bullies. We try to talk our young men out of disrespecting women. We try to talk our young people into being accepting of other people’s opinions and other people’s walks of life.”
“[Trump] is the complete opposite of all of that,” he added.
In a May interview, Kerr blasted Trump as “ill-suited” for the White House, rhetorically asking, “Has anyone ever thought that Donald Trump was a great leader?”
This is the first time the Warriors have boycotted a White House trip since the tradition began. The team visited the Obama White House following their 2015 championship, and the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers also visited the White House.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.