President Donald Trump attacked Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Twitter Saturday morning over reports that they were considering skipping their White House visit.
The NBA champion Warriors were reportedly planning to meet as a team and decide whether to go to the White House, per tradition, due to their dislike of Trump.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Several Warriors players including Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry previously expressed misgivings about the visit.
Curry told reporters Friday that he does not want to go to the White House as a message to Trump.
“That we don’t stand for basically what our President has – the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It’s not just the act of not going there.”
A few hours after Trump’s comments, Warriors forward Draymond Green tweeted, “Still wondering how this guy is running our country….” along with a chin-scratch emoji.
Still wondering how this guy is running our country…. ????????????
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 23, 2017
Other former and currnt NBA players including LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Kobe Bryant also expressed opposition to Trump’s comments on Twitter. Curry has not responded.
White House visits are usually initiated by the president in a call to the coach or owner. The Trump administration had not contacted the Warriors about the trip according to ESPN.
Both the Chicago Cubs and New England Patriots visited the White House since Trump took office. Both teams owners have close ties to Trump.