One day after Warriors star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to visit the White House, president Donald Trump tweeted that his invitation has been withdrawn.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017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 when asked about visiting the White House during Warriors media day on Friday. “That's kind of the nucleus of my belief. It's not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a short conversation.”
Curry expounded on his thoughts here:
Curry didn’t hesitate, he was VERY against the entire team going all, let alone himself. pic.twitter.com/X79dkHqjkM https://t.co/m2UFoOxrDQ— Steph Haberman (@StephLauren) September 23, 2017
Here’s a transcript of Curry’s comments:
“[It means] that we don’t stand for basically what our president has — the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said at the right times — that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said during Warriors media day on Friday, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “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. It’s not just the act of not going, there are things you have to do in the back end that you have to push that message into motion.
“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things — from Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennet to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change. 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.”
Curry is not the first member of the Warriors to support skipping the championship team’s customary visit to the White House. Kevin Durant also said he wouldn’t be visiting the White House in August after he was disappointed in the president’s response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
The White House never officially extended an invitation to the Warriors
Trump tweeted that Curry's invitation to the White House has been withdrawn, but there is no record that a formal invitation was ever extended. The Warriors have received an invitation from Congress to visit Capitol Hill.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent this tweet following the Warriors championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers:
The @Warriors' leadership is inspiring. I'd be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol. #DubNation— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 13, 2017
It’s also important to note Curry didn’t “hesitate”
Trump said Curry was "hesitating" about a White House visit, though Curry's statement could not have been more emphatic.
When the Warriors first started fielding questions about whether they would visit the White House, the team immediately turned to Curry. Andre Iguodala -- whose official response to visiting the White House was “hell nah” — said this in June:
“We’re going to do what our leader (Curry) does,” Iguodala said. “I think we handle (the White House situation) when it gets there. I mean, it may be different. There might be somebody different in (office). That’s a realistic thing to say though, right? So you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The Chicago Cubs visited the White House in June after winning the World Series. While an official decision from the Warriors hasn’t been made yet, it appears increasingly unlikely the team will be visiting Donald Trump’s White House.
There have already been notable reactions from around the NBA community, including Curry’s wife Ayesha and LeBron James.
Okay… Donate to earthquake relief here!!! https://t.co/HL5cvwbGtQ— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) September 23, 2017
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