Warriors invited to D.C. by House Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee
The Golden State Warriors haven’t yet decided whether or not the team will accept an invitation to visit the White House, if one is extended. But the reigning NBA champions already have a standing offer to pay a visit to D.C. thanks to an official invitation from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).
“In celebration of your victory, we would be delighted to welcome you publicly as a team or personally as families to the United States Capitol,” a letter from Pelosi and Lee to Steve Kerr obtained by SB Nation reads. “Please consider this as a blanket invitation whenever your individual schedules allow.”
Pelosi and Lee are Bay Area-based lawmakers, so the invitation in that regard makes sense. It also arguably was an effort to politically troll Donald Trump given several Warriors players have already said they would decline an invitation from the White House.
Reports surfaced shortly after the Warriors eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that the team made a “unanimous” decision to not make a championship team’s customary visit to the White House. The Warriors shortly thereafter issued a statement that no decision had been made at that time.
Of course, it’s all academic until the Trump administration formally invites the Warriors to the White House, if that indeed occurs.
The issue of whether teams would visit the White House during the Trump presidency has been a topic of discussion in the world of sports since he was elected. The Chicago Cubs actually moved up their White House visit after winning the World Series so they could do so when Barack Obama was still in office.
The New England Patriots as a team visited the White House after their Super Bowl LI win, but some players did not attend, which led to Trump blasting the media over coverage of the event.
David Morehouse, president of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, issued a statement last week saying the organization “would never turn down” an invite to the White House should one be extended.