NBA star Steph Curry has officially said he has reservations about attending a White House ceremony celebrating the 2017 champion Golden State Warriors, if the team is invited.
“Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen, what would I do,” the now two-time NBA champion, Curry said Wednesday. “I answered I wouldn’t go. I still feel that way today.”
The possibility of the team skipping the White House visit in the event of winning the NBA title has been speculated online for months, given the criticism of President Donald Trump from Curry and Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
In February, Curry responded to Under Armour CEO Steve Plank’s comment that Trump would be an “asset” for the United States by saying he agreed with the description if you remove the “et” from “asset.”
Kerr criticized Trump before the election, accusing him of using “racist, misogynist, insulting words.”
Curry said Wednesday he doesn’t want the different championship ceremonies to taint what the team accomplished this year, and expects players to come to a decision that is best for them as a group and as individuals.
“Obviously as a team, we're going to have a conversation,” he said.
The announcement that Curry still wouldn’t want to go to the White House received the expected online response, continuing a conversation that started after the Warriors had won the championship. There are those who oppose his views, some even calling him unpatriotic.
There are people who support a possible decision by Curry to not visit, and say he has the right to decide against going to the White House.
Others expected Curry, and even the team to not go to the Trump White House in light of the times Curry, players and Kerr criticized the president.
People have also speculated on how Trump would react to a possible boycott from Curry and the Warriors, suggesting the president might carve out time to tweet about the team.
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