Warriors Skipping White House on Washington Visit

'We're not going to politicize anything, we're just going to hang out with some kids,' champs say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2018 2:00 AM CST
Golden State Warriors forward Stephen Curry celebrates with fans during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in New York. The Warriors defeated...   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – The Golden State Warriors are heading to Washington, just not to the White House. The traditional champions' invitation was never granted from President Trump—and it appears the Warriors might have declined it, anyway. So they plan to spend their day in the city with local children Tuesday, the AP reports. "We're doing a great thing anyways," All-Star Klay Thompson said Monday, after the Warriors beat the New York Knicks in the opener of a road trip. "The White House is a great honor but there's extenuating circumstances that we felt that we're not comfortable doing. We're not going to politicize anything, we're just going to hang out with some kids, take them to an African-American museum and hopefully teach them things we learned along the way and life lessons, and we'll still be getting some great memories."

The White House visit is traditionally scheduled during the NBA champions' trip to face the Washington Wizards the following season. The Warriors play the Wizards on Wednesday. But Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House last September and Trump then made it clear he wasn't welcome, sending a tweet that read: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Curry says: "It's kind of beating a dead horse at this point. We're excited to have an opportunity that we're going to tomorrow as a team, but other than that it's a business trip and we're excited to keep the road trip going."

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