Donald Trump says Warriors are not welcome at White House
The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates to at least Aug. 30, 1865, when President Andrew Johnson welcomed the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals amateur baseball clubs. Ulysses S. Grant played host to the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, in 1869. The first World Series championship team feted at the White House is believed to be the 1924 Washington Senators, who visited Calvin Coolidge at the executive residence the following year.
John F. Kennedy was the first president to welcome the NBA champions, when the Boston Celtics visited in January 1963, and the Indiana University men’s basketball team is believed to be the first NCAA champion to visit the White House when it was hosted by Gerald Ford in April 1976.
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning that the Golden State Warriors are not welcome to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship.
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
There had not been previous indication of a White House invitation for the Warriors, but it had been looking increasingly unlikely that the team would visit with Trump in Washington, D.C.
On Friday, Steph Curry said he would vote no if the team were invited to the White House. Kevin Durant previously told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that he would not go to the White House either.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that the team was planning to meet to discuss a potential White House visit but did not say when that discussion would happen.