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Will Warriors skip White House visit over Trump policies?

President Donald Trump (center, holding jersey) hosted Clemson’s national championship football team Monday at the White House.
President Donald Trump (center, holding jersey) hosted Clemson’s national championship football team Monday at the White House. TNS

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr have criticized the policies of President Donald Trump intensely.

Based on at least one report, from CNBC, the Warriors might skip the traditional trip to the White House to celebrate Monday night’s NBA Finals-clinching victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

CNBC’s Josh Brown tweeted overnight that the Warriors had voted to not go to the White House to celebrate their second championship in three seasons. However, the Warriors said Tuesday that since the team has not yet been invited to the White House, no decision is yet necessary.

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.’”

This isn’t the first time Curry has spoken out on politics. He raised concern over since-repealed House Bill 2, a North Carolina law viewed by many as discriminatory to the LGBT community. In reaction to HB2, the NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans. With HB2 repealed, the NBA awarded Charlotte the 2019 All-Star Game.

“I’m all for equal and fair rights and treatment for everybody,” Curry told the Associated Press over the winter. “Until it gets addressed, until some changes are made, this could be a recurring theme in North Carolina.

“I don’t want that to happen.”

Curry had close ties to Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, sometimes playing golf with the then-president.

Kerr, who has visited the White House both as a championship player and coach, has also criticized Trump and his qualifications to be president.

Kerr told Sports Illustrated Trump is ill-suited to be president because he is a “blowhard.”

Kerr also told the Bay Area Newspaper Group, “We have a president who has no regard for compassion or empathy, in the most important leadership position in the world. It’s terrifying we have someone in office who espouses that” lack of leadership qualities.

Trump, in his first year in office, has continued the tradition of inviting championship teams to the White House for a ceremony. The NFL’s New England Patriots were invited and Clemson’s football national championship team was there Monday.

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