President Donald Trump “uninvited” NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the White House after some team members publicized their misgivings about the potential visit, so the team found something else to do while in Washington, D.C.
What are they going to do?
The Warriors, in town to play a game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture along with local children.
Are they making a statement?
Not according to Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
“We’re doing a great thing anyway,” Thompson said, according to the New York Post. “The White House is a great honor, but there are other circumstances that we felt not comfortable going. We’re not going to politicize anything. We’re just going to go hang out with some kids and take them to the African American Museum and teach them things we learned along the way, life lessons and hopefully give them some great memories.”
The team also issued an official statement: “In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.”
Why aren’t they going to the White House?
Trump does not want them to visit, because prominent team members have been publicly critical of his administration.
Star players Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, as well as head coach Steve Kerr, have made negative comments about Trump and been hesitant about their desire to visit him.
The team had not yet officially been invited to the White House when Trump said they were not welcome, in reaction to Curry saying he hoped to “inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country” by not going to the White House.
Championship teams from the major sports leagues typically visit the White House and meet briefly with the president.