The Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee (1), Draymond Green (23), Shaun Livingston (34) and Andre Iguodala (9) hug following their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
The Golden State Warriors will bask in the glory of their second title in three years.
They will participate in a crowning procession in Thursday’s parade through Oakland.
But will they visit the White House to celebrate their victory with President Trump?
With various reports floating around this morning about the team skipping what’s been a time-tested tradition of traveling to Washington and getting photos taken with the Commander-in-Chief, social media has been having a field day commenting on what may or may not happen.
Josh Brown, who is a CEO of a wealth-management firm and a contributor to CNBC, tweeted that the Warriors won’t visit Trump, even though the team dropped in on President Obama for a White House ceremony honoring their 2015 NBA Finals title.
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.
The headlines were everywhere, with this “report” quoting this other ”report” about the team’s decision, but without any formal announcement from either the Warriors or the White House. Nor did any of the reports include quotes or attribution.
“Warriors unanimously decline White House visit, per reports,” shouted the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
And from AOL News: ”NBA champion Golden State Warriors unanimously decline White House visit with President Trump”
“Less than 24 hours after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday night,” said the AOL story, “the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the White House ceremony honoring their Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.” Then the story attributed the news to “several reports including one by CNBC analyst Josh Brown.”
Teams of all persuasions have made the celebratory pilgrimage. The meeting is a tradition, writes Kate Feldman with the New York Daily News. “Presidents routinely invite athletes and teams to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments, typically a championship or title. But not every jock sees as much honor in an invite from the POTUS.”
The Daily News then offers a nice roundup of some of the sports celebs who have said thanks-but-no-thanks to visiting The Prez, including several members of the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots who earlier this year declined to visit, some citing political reasons. And, of course, there was that classic no-show by Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, who famously dissed President George W. Bush after the team’s World Series win in 2004. Johnny Damon sat in for him, explaining to the president that the slugger’s grandma was sick. When he skipped again after the ’07 victory, Bush quipped: “I guess his grandmother died again,” but quickly added: “Just kidding. Tell Manny I didn’t mean it.”
There’s real reason to think the Warriors may fall in the “no thanks” camp. In recent months, a number of team members have spoken of their disdain for Trump. Coach Steve Kerr has called the president a “blowhard,” and Steph Curry said he considered the president an “asset” to the nation if you leave out the -et.
But have they already decided to boycott?
With news sites from as far away as England ”reporting” on the ”report,” readers online were coming unglued, either praising or trashing but mostly praising the Warriors for their reported “unanimous” decision to skip the visit.
Yall thought the Cavs were the loser in this deal, until the Warriors remember they have to go visit Trump at the White House. pic.twitter.com/5mb6jmx77r
i hope the warriors go to the white house and pose with trump so i can have even more reason to hate.
If Warriors are really lucky, Trump will already be impeached by the time of their White House visit.