Klay Thompson addresses Warriors not visiting White House
The Golden State Warriors will be in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday but a stop at the White House is not on the itinerary. Instead, the NBA champion Warriors will escort students from Kevin Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md., on a visit to an African-American museum.
Klay Thompson on Monday addressed that while the customary trip to the White House would have been “a great honor,” “extenuating circumstances” prevented the team from doing so.
Those extenuating circumstances? For starters, an invitation was never extended in the first place.
The situation all started when Warriors players and staff immediately expressed disinterest upon winning the NBA title last June in visiting the Trump White House. Things came to a head when Stephen Curry said he would not be interested in accepting an invitation should one ever be extended.
Trump subsequently tweeted the invitation, which technically was never extended, was withdrawn.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Thompson, while not technically speaking on behalf of the Warriors organization, seemed to articulate not visiting the White House is probably for the best.
“We’re doing a great thing anyways,” Thompson said. “The White House is a great honor but there’s 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.”
Trump’s feud with Curry, and by extension, the Warriors, inspired LeBron James to refer to the President as a “bum” on Twitter, which ultimately became one of the most popular tweets of 2017.
Suffice to say, with the Warriors’ plans for Tuesday, perhaps the entire controversy can now be laid to rest. Although odds are against that coming to fruition.