Depending on who you ask, the 2017-2018 NBA champion Golden State Warriors either weren’t given an invitation to White House or chose not to go.
It’s President Trump’s word versus Stephen Curry’s… so we all know how it really went down.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
With the time in D.C. still allotted, there was an opportunity for the Warriors to use it how that saw fit. Today, we learned what exactly they plan to do.
According to a new ESPN report from Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne, the team is planning on spending some time on “a private tour of an undisclosed locale” with local children instead.
The decision to visit the nation’s capital came after Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — both Democrats — urged them to come to D.C. despite not attending the White House.
Head coach Steve Kerr put the decision in the players hands who collectively decided on the mystery tour with kids and mandated that there be no media allowed.
Kerr told ESPN:
“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So, they made their plans. I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.”
While details remain murky, one could gather that DMV native Kevin Durant has a few spots in mind. The former MVP, whose foundation plants basketball courts around the world, has two in Seat Pleasant, MD.
The secrecy and covertness of the trip is simply to avoid politics according to Warriors forward, Draymond Green. He tells ESPN:
“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating a championship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that. It’s about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?”
Political or not, it makes a statement for one of the most popular leagues in the country to skip a visit to the White House. It speaks to the type of leadership we have and the attitudes shared by a collective whole.
Curry told reporters that he hoped his decision to decline the traditional invitation would inspire some change in the behavior of the Trump administration.
“By not going, hopefully, it will inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country and what we stand for, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” he said.
Only time will tell. Until then, they’re going to make some kids very happy.