The Golden Gate Warriors basketball team decided they did NOT want to meet with Trump at the White House. Instead they celebrated their championship by taking a group of kids to the National Museum of African-American History.
It has become a tradition in this country that championship sports teams go to the White House to meet the president. But since Trump got elected, many teams are deciding to skip it.
The latest team to snub the president is the Golden State Warriors. The reigning champions of the NBA came to Washington D.C. this week. But, instead of going to the White House, the basketball players took local school kids to the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson said,
“The White House is a great honor, but there are some other circumstances that we felt uncomfortable going. We’re not going to politicize anything. We’re going to hang out with some kids, and take them to the African-American Museum, and hopefully teach them some things we learned along the way.”
After the Warriors’ win last June many of the players expressed their concerns about going to the White House. Most of the players were outraged about Donald Trump and his corruption and bigotry. Star point guard Steph Curry told USA Today in September how he felt about visiting Trump’s White House. He said point-blank, “I don’t want to go.”
“We don’t stand for basically what our president has — the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.”
After Trump saw what Curry and the team said, he tweeted that the they were uninvited. It’s so typical Trump to uninvite these players after they already said that they weren’t coming.
So, head coach Steve Kerr decided to allow the team to choose how they spent their time during this week’s visit to D.C. Besides playing a game against the Washington Wizards this week, the Warriors decided that their time in the nation’s capital would be best spent giving back to the kids.
According to a statement by the Warriors, the team chose to “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.”
Following the Warriors’ visit to the African-American museum, point guard Shaun Livingston shared a picture on social media of the team surrounded by the students captioned with a great quote from Nelson Mandela.
Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports is the game of lovers. ~ Nelson Mandela @nmaahc