WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- LeBron James said neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors would visit the White House as NBA champion.
- This came after President Donald Trump uninvited the 2018 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on Monday.
- Stephen Curry, his teammate Kevin Durant and their coach Steve Kerr all agreed with James.
When asked by reporters during an off-day news conference on Tuesday, LeBron James replied, saying that his team is not going to accept an invitation to visit the White House.
“I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway. It won’t be Cleveland or Golden State going,” the three-time Finals MVP said.
This is after the president rescinded the Eagles’ invitation to the White House after he found out that many members of the team did not plan on attending.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that “a large group of Eagles players had decided not to attend, including most — if not all — of the black players.” Even the NFL Network confirmed that less than 10 players planned to attend.
“Typical of him,” James said, describing Trump’s decision to disinvite the Eagles.
“As long as he’s in office, then the communication and things like that are going to continue to happen,” James said referring to Trump. “It’s a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don’t feel that he’s for.”
“I think the championship — winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or national championship — is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there, in my opinion,” James continued.
Instead of going to the White House last year, the NBA 2017 champion Warriors, spent that day taking children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In September, during the Warriors’ media day, Curry said that he was hoping the team could “inspire change” by not going to the White House to celebrate their victory. The Warriors, including Curry, attended the White House celebration after winning the 2015 NBA championship.
Curry agreed with James that the Warriors will not go to the White House to celebrate if they won again. His teammate Kevin Durant said he agrees with James and Curry.
“What else do you expect Trump to do? When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op don’t look bad,” Durant said.
“The president has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Adding that “it will be nice when we can get back to normal in three years.”