Golden State Warriors Won’t Visit White House (Cuz, You Know, Losers Don’t Get Invited)
Long before the Golden State Warriors played in Game 6 on Thursday night, the team’s top stars announced they wouldn’t be accepting an invitation to the White House if they won the championship.
Well, now they don’t have a problem. The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors 114-110.
Back in 2017, President Trump slapped Steph Curry after the basketball player said he doesn’t “want to go” to the White House if his team won the title. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Curry said then that “we don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time.” He cited former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem, for trying to “inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country.”
The Warriors visited the White House in 2015, when Barack Obama was president. And while they skipped a visit in 2017, after they won the 2018 NBA title, they met privately with Obama.
Curry also met with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the trip.
Steph and Nancy pic.twitter.com/TplYpDMeCg
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 25, 2019
But now, Curry and the whole team won’t have to decline an invite. Losers don’t get invited to the White House.
Instead, there’s already talk of Raptors potential trip.
“Will the Raptors Visit the White House?” a headline in Sports Illustrated asked.
Title-winning teams are typically invited to the White House to celebrate winning a major championship in their respective leagues. But do Canadian teams visit Washington, D.C., after a win and will the Raptors make the trip after winning the 2019 NBA Finals? There’s a precedent to do so.
The last time a Canada-based team from one of the four major pro sports leagues won a championship was 1993 – with both the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays and the NHL’s Montreal Canadians winning in their respective sports. Neither team visited the White House. Toronto F.C. won the MLS Cup in 2017 but did not visit the White House.
We’re guessing the easy-going Canadians would jump at the chance to visit the White House and meet the president of the United States.
And you’d think Americans would, too — regardless of their politics.