Newly-crowned NBA champions the Golden State Warriors are preparing to ‘make a political statement’ by refusing an invitation to the White House to visit President Donald Trump, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Oakland-based basketball team, led by head coach Steve Kerr, decided immediately after Trump’s election on November 9 that it would shun the new president if it won the NBA championship, according to Comcast SportsNet.
Multiple sources told the network that while Kerr made his feelings known at the time, there is no reason to believe that he has had a change of heart since then.
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The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland late Monday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to clinch the franchise’s second NBA title in three years.
Just hours after the Warriors’ triumph, CNBC analyst Josh Brown tweeted that ‘reports’ indicated the team had unanimously decided to boycott Trump.
The Warriors issued a statement Tuesday saying that ‘today is all about celebrating our championship’ and that they have not received an invitation to the White House.
The statement added the organization would make those decisions ‘when and if necessary.’