The Golden State Warriors, winners of the last two NBA championships, have skipped the traditional White House visits. In September of 2017, Donald Trump “disinvited” the team after multiple players said that they wouldn’t attend.
When the team recently made their annual trip to Washington DC to play the Wizards, they found an alternative. Rather than meeting at the White House, the Warriors instead met with former president Barack Obama.
Warrior’s beat writer Logan Murdock shared a picture of the team and Obama on his twitter feed.
Looks like the Warriors paid a visit to President Barack Obama during their visit to Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/D5PSwjc3Gl
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 25, 2019
Two of the team’s most prominent figures, star Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr have spoken out in opposition to Trump. Curry wrote in a 2017 essay, “If there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that all the noise we keep hearing—it’s not an accident. We’re hearing that noise because there are real people out there, facing real issues, and real inequalities, some in ways like never before. In 2017, in America, silence is no longer an option.”
When Kerr was asked about Trump’s comments regarding Colin Kaepernick, he said, “This is another reason why all of us on our team have a tough time with the president, because instead of unifying and trying to calm the storm, he’s creating it, over and over again.”
The White House has not commented on the Warriors decision to meet with the former president.