Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t plan to visit the White House, if the Warriors are invited after winning the NBA Championship Monday.
“Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen, what would I do,” Curry said. “I answered I wouldn’t go. I still feel that way today.”
Golden State beat Cleveland 129-120 at home Monday night to wrap up its second NBA championship in three years. It’s somewhat customary for major sports teams, in college and professional ranks, to visit the sitting president at the White House after winning the championship in their sport, as members of the Clemson Tigers college football team did on Monday.
But several of the Warriors, including Curry, find themselves opposed to some of the philosophies espoused by President Donald Trump.
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and starred for Davidson, expressed concern in February when Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, the shoe and apparel company Curry endorses, called Trump an "asset" to the country.
Curry responded to that asset quote, "I agree with that description if you remove the ‘et.’"
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has taken championship visits to the White House as NBA player and coach. He has also criticized Trump and his qualifications to be president.
And just before Monday’s Game 5, Warriors guard Andre Iguodala spoke with USA Today, giving his thoughts about a potential visit.
"Maybe (Trump) doesn’t (invite us) and we don’t go, or we don’t say anything and make a big deal of it, and he doesn’t make a big deal of it and we go our separate ways," Iguodala told the paper. "Y’all might write about it. I might call him and say, ‘If they ask, just say our schedules conflicted.’ And then if y’all write something, we’ll say, ‘Fake News.’”
Curry said the team hasn’t discussed the issue yet as a group
“I’m sure as a team we’re gonna have a conversation (about a potential visit),” he said. “ his is a moment we all need to enjoy together and nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together, and the different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around championship-winning teams, we don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year. We’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly, and do the right thing for us individually and as a group.”