The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors were reportedly set to have a group discussion about whether or not to accept a potential White House invitation. Now it appears President Donald Trump has made that decision for at least one member of the squad and done so via what increasingly seems to be his medium of choice—Twitter.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted early Saturday, presumably before his daily comb-over and perusal of Fox News. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
For those who haven’t been following the timeline of Warriors’ players taking shots at Trump, “hesitating” wouldn’t be an entirely accurate description of the two-time MVP’s thoughts on accepting a White House invitation.
In February, after Under Armour CEO called President Trump an “asset,” Curry told the San Jose Mercury News, “I agree with that description if you remove the ‘et.’” Curry remains one of Under Armor’s key pitchmen and Plank has since stepped down from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.
Curry essentially doubled down on his Trump statements during a Warriors’ recent media availability session.
Stephen Curry pretty forceful on his thoughts about Trump and possible White House visit pic.twitter.com/Ubj6V91EsL— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 22, 2017
“By acting, and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” Curry said. “That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”
Coincidentally, Curry’s comments came within the same 24-hour window that saw Trump address protests by various NFL players and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flags to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’” Trump told a Huntsville, Alabama crowd.
Twitter responses naturally flooded in from both sides.
Steph Curry can go be a whiny b*tch somewhere else.— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) September 23, 2017
If KD doesn’t break out one of those fake accounts and get deep in the President’s mentions this Saturday will fall short of its potential.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) September 23, 2017
LOLOL...but wait one second. https://t.co/jasma0shJ1— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 23, 2017
Who would want to come to the White House to meet with a White Supremacist, especially when you are a black male?— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 23, 2017
Tom Brady skipped Patriots trip to the WH. Trump said nothing. Trying to figure out the difference between Brady and Steph Curry... hmm...— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) September 23, 2017
Fellow multiple MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who has had his differences with Curry in the past and has been a vocal opponent of Trump, lent his support to Curry via Twitter.
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
“U [sic] bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!” James wrote. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
While James has previously gone on record as calling Trump “the guy that's the so-called president of the United States,” outright calling the President a “bum” would likely rank as LeBron’s strongest repudiation to date. For what it’s worth, Ohio voted for Trump 51.3% over Hillary Clinton (43.2%) in the 2016 election. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert also joined the Chicago Cubs during their White House visit with Trump despite having no official connection with the Cubs.
Given that Kevin Durant has also made it known he’s no fan of the Trump administration, it’s unclear if Trump is rescinding his invitation to Curry or the entire Warriors team. Much like the “covfefe” fiasco, an entire nation that collectively elected a reality show host as its leader will wait with baited breath, though they'll have to wait no longer for a reaction from the Warriors organization. The team released a statement on Saturday afternoon underlining their belief in diversity and equality in response to Trump.
Statement from the Warriors on the now not-possible White House visit pic.twitter.com/2TbRYGsH8o— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 23, 2017
No matter what Trump means, barring some mediation between NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the White House, the Warriors will have some time to kill during their February 28 visit to Washington, D.C. to take on the Wizards.