Steve Kerr rips Donald Trump while discussing potential White House visit
The Golden State Warriors have yet to decide if the team will pay the customary championship visit to the White House should an invite be extended. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr recently stated the team will discuss whether to attend a White House ceremony or not. While doing so, Kerr acknowledged his past criticism of President Donald Trump and continued to do the same.
Kerr on Thursday joined the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN Chicago and made it clear that even if the Warriors do opt to attend if invited, it should not be taken as an endorsement of the Trump administration, tacit or otherwise.
“We haven’t been invited. And so if we’re invited, we’ll definitely have a discussion,” Kerr said, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “You know, I’ve been outspoken about Trump, our players have been as well. But my whole thing is—I would want to talk to the team and entertain the idea of going out of respect for the institution, out of respect for the office itself, and maybe as a good gesture to the rest of the country that is so divided right now that maybe it’s like, hey, let’s actually, you know, try to do something that’s unifying, whether you like the person in the office or not.”
Kerr’s comments Thursday fall in line with what he has said on previous occasions when discussing the White House issue, so no surprises there. But Kerr wasn’t done just yet, adding respect for the office of President is a two-way street.
“It’s important to me that there’s a respect for the office and for the institution, and that’s why I would consider going,” Kerr continued. “But I will be perfectly blunt and I know I’ll anger people by saying this, but I want the man who’s sitting in the office to respect that office, too, and that means being above the tweeting and the nasty personal insults and trying to unify the country instead of trying to divide us, and I feel like he’s trying to divide us.”
Kerr’s blunt comments clearly illustrate the issue of championship teams deciding whether or not to visit the Trump White House will continue to be a major topic of conversation.