Trump rescinds Curry’s White House invite after basketball star’s remark
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump Saturday withdrew Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House.
That was after Curry suggested he doesn’t want to go to the Washington event to honor his team’s NBA championship win last season.
On Friday, Curry told ESPN he doesn’t want to go the White House but that the team will decide collectively.
He also said if the team decided against going it would give the Warriors “an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American, and stand for something.”
It was unclear if Trump’s Twitter post about the “uninvite” only affects Curry or if it affects the entire team.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James responded to the President on Twitter Saturday morning.
The Golden State Warriors said Saturday afternoon President Trump made it clear they were not invited. “We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.”
The team’s statement went on to day that in lieu of a visit to the White House, team members will use their trip to Washington in February to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.”
Championship-winning teams visiting the President at the White House has become an increasingly political issue since Trump took office.
Fox News contributed to this report