Golden State fans light fireworks, dance in the street after Warriors win NBA Finals
On Monday, president Donald Trump hosted the NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House.
Trump said the Tigers’ win over Alabama was “one of the most exciting games ever played.”
Shortly after the Warriors beat Cleveland 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night, CNBC reporter Josh Brown tweeted Golden State had unanimously voted to not go to the White House. The tweet went viral and started a flurry of stories from news outlets.
But the Warriors released a statement Tuesday morning, saying "Today is all about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary."
Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” debate show, also Tuesday morning, Warriors owner Joe Lacob reiterated the point.
The Warriors visited President Barack Obama at the White House after winning the championship in 2015. But there still seems to be strong sentiment that this year’s team won’t head East. Count among those longtime Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch.
Several Warriors, including Stephen Curry, have been outspoken about their views on Trump in the past.
Reserve David West questioned what he called Trump’s “bullying tactics” during his election run.
Coach Steve Kerr addressed Trump last November during a news conference last November, saying he was uncomfortable with a man who used “racist, misogynist, insulting words.”
And Curry drew praise and criticism for his comments related to Trump back in February.
Curry is an endorser for the Under Armour brand of shoes and athletic apparel and he expressed concern over Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank calling Trump an “asset” to the country in a CNBC interview.
Curry told the San Jose Mercury News that “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et’ ” from “asset.”
Plank later said he was referring to Trump creating a more business-friendly environment and he distanced himself from some of Trump’s more controversial social statements that enraged some women, muslims and African-Americans.