Steve Kerr: Warriors’ visit with Obama a ‘private’ matter
Steve Kerr indicated Thursday night that the Golden State Warriors’ visit with Barack Obama earlier in the day in Washington, D.C., was a “private” matter and declined to answer any questions about the team spending time with the former President.
The Warriors, in town for a game with the Wizards, of course did not pay the customary a visit to the White House to celebrate last season’s NBA title — Donald Trump declined to invite the team — as was the case after their championship run in 2017.
A photograph taken by a member of the Warriors’ security staff documenting the visit was posted on social media, although it was later deleted.
Okay then…— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 25, 2019
According to @loganmmurdock, the Warriors, who have not visited Donald Trump in the White House after either of their past two championships, were in DC today and spent about an hour with Barack Obama. Pic is via the IG of a team security guard, since deleted. pic.twitter.com/KuId7CXS6V
Kerr not surprisingly was asked about the team’s encounter with Obama, but he was not interested in divulging any information about the visit, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
Appears Warriors wanted to keep their meet up with Barack Obama today under wraps, but leaked through a security guard’s Instagram (via @loganmmurdock). Steve Kerr: “That’s private. Appreciate the question. Doesn’t mean I have to answer it.” pic.twitter.com/cfP4dpVbiY— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 25, 2019
“That’s private,” Kerr told reporters. “Appreciate the question. Doesn’t mean I have to answer it.”
Kerr — along with many Warriors players, including Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — have been outspoken critics of the Trump administration, so the notion that the team would prefer to be in the company of Obama as opposed to the current President is hardly a surprise.
That said, the Warriors evidently would have preferred that their meeting with Obama had stayed behind closed doors, perhaps to avoid becoming fodder for criticism amid an already-polarized political environment.
The Warriors’ interactions with D.C.’s political elite did not end with Obama, though, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was spotted outside the team’s locker room following a 126-118 victory at Capital One Arena, where she met up with Draymond Green.
Hello, Madam Speaker. Pelosi just told Draymond she bought his jersey at some charity auction. He seemed please. pic.twitter.com/VwFetiLNae— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 25, 2019
Pelosi later posed for a photograph with Curry as well.
Steph and Nancy pic.twitter.com/TplYpDMeCg— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 25, 2019
It will be interesting to see what fallout, if any, comes from the team fraternizing with both Obama and Pelosi.