Since President Ulysses S. Grant welcomed the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869, it has become an American tradition – a part of our history as a nation – for championship college and professional sports teams to visit the White House.
Now, the Golden State Warriors have allowed their petty political bias to break more than a century’s worth of American tradition as the franchise announced on Thursday that the team will still travel to the nation’s capitol to celebrate their 2017 NBA Championship, but will be visiting a D.C. school rather than the White House.
Oddly, after months of talking about the visit, and their disdain for the President, in the media, the team will not allow the media to be present when they visit the school.
It has been common knowledge since last September that the team wouldn’t be visiting the White House after President Donald Trump publicly disinvited the team in response to near constant attacks by Golden State guard Stephen Curry.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
According to ESPN, after the President revoked the team’s invitation to the White House, the Warriors’ far-left head coach Steve Kerr allowed the players to decide that the team would visit a local school instead.
“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans,” Kerr told ESPN. “I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.”
In announcing the team’s plans, Golden State forward Draymond Green attempted to divert the story from politics, despite months and months of his teammates making the story entirely about politics and their own divisiveness.
“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating a championship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that,” forward Draymond Green told ESPN. “It’s about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?”