The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are skipping the traditional White House visit his year, and instead will reportedly spend part of their time in Washington, D.C., with some local kids next week.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 22, 2018
Head coach Steve Kerr says the players made the call on how to spend time in the nation’s capital.
“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans,” Kerr told ESPN. “I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, two members of the Democratic Party, extended invites to the Warriors to celebrate winning their second championship in three years at the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi represents a congressional district that includes San Francisco.
But a consensus emerged around the option agreed upon because the players didn’t want to be seen as politicizing an event.
“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating a championship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that,” forward Draymond Green told ESPN. “It’s about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?”