By Matt Bonesteel, (c) 2017, The Washington Submit
On Thursday, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr informed ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that his gamers would sit down as a workforce to speak about whether or not they would go to the White Home to have fun their NBA title, regardless that his two most outstanding gamers – Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – had already stated they might not be going.
On Friday, nevertheless, Curry doubled down on his stance that he needs nothing to do with President Donald Trump whereas chatting with reporters on the Warriors’ media day.
“That we don’t stand for principally what our president . . . the issues that he stated and the issues that he hasn’t stated in the proper phrases that we gained’t stand for it. And by appearing and never going, hopefully that may encourage some change in terms of what we tolerate on this nation and what’s accepted and what we flip a blind eye to.
“It’s not simply the act of not going. There are issues you need to do on the again finish to truly push that message into movement. You possibly can speak about all of the totally different personalities which have stated issues and executed issues, from [Colin] Kaepernick to what occurred to [Michael] Bennett to all types of examples of what has gone on in our nation that we have to sort of change. And all of us try to do what we will, utilizing our platforms, utilizing our alternatives to make clear that.
” . . . I don’t assume us not going to White Home goes to miraculously make every part higher . . . [but] that is my alternative to voice that.”
It by no means was really clear whether or not Trump had formally invited the Warriors to the White Home (Shelburne reported Thursday and repeated Saturday that the workforce had not acquired an invite), however Saturday morning, the president stated the group – or a minimum of Curry – isn’t welcome due to the feedback Friday.
He tweeted “Going to the White Home is taken into account an incredible honor for a championship workforce. Stephen Curry is hesitating, subsequently invitation is withdrawn!”
It was the second time in about 12 hours that Trump had caught to sports activities. In a speech Friday night time in Alabama, he introduced up the nationwide anthem protests being staged by NFL gamers, with out mentioning anybody by identify.
“Wouldn’t you like to see considered one of these NFL house owners, when any person disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that son of a b– off the sector proper now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” Trump informed the gang.
Since Trump took workplace in January, members of the championship-profitable New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs and Clemson Tigers have visited him on the White Home. Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft has been a longtime Trump supporter and donated $1 million towards his inauguration. He additionally organized for Trump to obtain a Tremendous Bowl ring.
Nevertheless, North Carolina males’s basketball coach Roy Williams was noncommittal when requested whether or not the Tar Heels would go to Trump on the White Home after his staff beat Gonzaga for the NCAA championship in April. Daybreak Staley, coach of the NCAA champion South Carolina ladies’s basketball staff, stated she would go to the White Home if an invite was prolonged, although she would give her gamers the choice of not going.