Golden State Warriors Catch Up with Obama Rather Than Visit President Trump While in D.C.
When Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors visited Washington, D.C., to play the district's Wizards, they stopped by the office of the former president — not the current one
When Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, visited Washington, D.C., to play the local Wizards, they stopped by the office of the former president — not the current one.
A member of the Wizards staff posted a photo of the gathering on his Instagram, but it has since been taken it down. Logan Murdock, a reporter for The Mercury News, shared the image as well.
It’s no surprise that Curry, 30, did not say hello to President Donald Trump, 72, at the White House, as in the past he’s been vocal about not supporting the current commander-in-chief. In September 2017, the father of three said that he would not attend a meeting with the president — as is tradition — after the Warriors won the NBA Finals that year.
“We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light,” he said. “That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”
Though it remained unclear whether the White House had actually extended an invitation to the Warriors in the first place, Trump tweeted that the invite was off the table.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” the president wrote that month, shortly after the television program Fox & Friends covered Curry’s comments. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Instead of visiting the White House, team members took local schoolchildren to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in March 2018, the Washington Post reported.
Later last year, the Warriors bested the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals. Trump again declared that the team wouldn’t be invited for a visit.
Curry and Obama, 57, on the other hand, go way back. The Warriors visited the then-president back in February 2016 to celebrate their 2015 championship win. And a few months later, in April 2016, the two sat down for a round of the classic game Connect Four to promote Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative — which helps disadvantaged youth, particularly boys and young men of color.
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During the visit, Obama also assisted Curry with his resume — he advised the NBA star to remove the basketball clip art — showed him how to activate a papier-mâché volcano and even helped Curry perfect his jump shot.