The Golden State Warriors met with former President Barack Obama on Thursday instead of meeting with Donald Trump at the White House. Championship teams usually visit the current president when they visit Washington to play the Wizards.
Draymond Green posted a photo of the Golden State Warrior team with President Obama on Instagram with a caption “Whole gang with the 44th president of the United States today.”
Back in 2017, the Golden State Warriors declined to visit the White House and opted to tour the National Museum of African-American History and Culture when Donald Trump rescinded their invitation after Stephen Curry criticized Trump for attacking black athletes protesting police brutality during the National Anthem.
Curry voiced his opinion during media day at the Warriors practice facility back in 2017 after he was asked about his decision on meeting President Trump.
“Basically the things he said and the things he hasn’t said at the right times, we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “By acting and not going, hopefully, that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what’s accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.”
After Curry made these comments, Trump quickly went to his favorite social media platform and withdrew the invitation.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn
Many other sports teams declined Trump’s invitation to visit the White House to celebrate their victory. The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles also didn’t accept an invite from the President.
Perhaps in the future, more teams will visit President Obama instead. We know things like this makes Donald Trump very angry, he doesn’t like being rejected.