President Donald Trump, in a tweet Saturday, rescinded the invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry after Curry had made it clear he didn't want to go for the traditional champions' visit.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
It's unclear if Trump's tweet referred to just Curry not being invited or if the President meant the entire Warriors team was not welcome. Later Saturday, the Warriors released a statement that said the team would not be going to the White House.
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017
Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA Players Association also released statements on the situation.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver statement pic.twitter.com/wPqC0LYs5C— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 23, 2017
On behalf of the NBPA: pic.twitter.com/doWOQPWTSF— NBPA (@TheNBPA) September 23, 2017
Curry had said Friday at Warriors’ media day that he planned to vote no when the team discussed visiting the White House as a team.
“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation.” Curry said of the team's meeting on the issue.
His teammate Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.
Curry, Durant, coach Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization have been critical of Trump and team officials had earlier told the White House they would vote as a team whether to go.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended Curry's stance and called out Trump in a tweet:
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
At a rally in Alabama Friday night, the President criticized NFL players - most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police treatment of African-Americans.
Curry referred to the NFL players protests when talking to reporters on Friday.
“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with [the Seattle Seahawks'] Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry said. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. 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.”
President Trump responded to NFL players who had been critical of him on Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should, "Find something else to do!"
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017