The Golden State Warriors’ current road trip has them in the nation’s capital. But instead of visiting Donald Trump at the White House they found something even better to do. They will instead spend their time with local children while in town.
It’s been no secret the defending NBA champions had no intentions of going and Trump got the message after abruptly rescinding an invitation for a White House visit last year. Since Trump’s hostile takeover, players—primarily Black—on championship teams throughout the sports world have made it perfectly clear they do not want to be in the presence of the divider in chief. Golden State sharpshooter Klay Thompson expressed no remorse when asked about not stopping by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following a victory against the Knicks Tuesday night by stating, “We’re doing a great thing anyways.”
Besides, they’ve got bigger plans for their D.C. stop.
“The White House is a great honor but there are extenuating circumstances that we felt that we’re not comfortable doing. We’re not going to politicize anything, we’re just going to hang out with some kids, take them to an African-American museum and hopefully teach them things we learned along the way and life lessons, and we’ll still be getting some great memories,” Thompson explained.
We see no lies in his statement either— sounds a lot a better than being in the company of Trump and his cronies. Steph Curry, whose disdain for Agent Orange is well-known, already let us know he won’t be setting foot in the White House. Curry is all business and clearly not worried.
“It’s kind of beating a dead horse at this point. We’re excited to have an opportunity that we’re going to tomorrow as a team but other than that it’s a business trip and we’re excited to keep the road trip going. So that’s really all it’s about,” Curry said when asked about the Warrior’s D.C. plans. Kevin Durant, who grew up in the D.C. area, is all for the team’s move to spend the day with kids. Even though he didn’t get a chance to visit while former president Barack Obama was in office, he’s not mad that he won’t see be seeing Trump. He’s more concerned about the kids having a good time.
“Kids from my area don’t really get that opportunity to be in front of champions like that,” Durant said. “So hopefully it inspires them to just be whatever they want to be in life.”
You don’t have to be a Warriors’ fan to appreciate this move—as an organization they get it.