Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trump says he won't invite Warriors or Cavaliers to White House

Trump says he won't invite Warriors or Cavaliers to White House

Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant said they agreed with James. They have not changed their minds this year.

Trump, fresh off canceling the National Football League champion Philadelphia Eagles' White House appearance when it became clear he wasn't going to draw much of a crowd, says this year's NBA Finals victor won't have the chance to turn down his invitation to Washington D.C. Because they won't be getting one. James told members of the media, "It's typical of (Trump); I'm not surprised".

"I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite, anyway", James said.

On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation.

"We're not going to invite either team", he told reporters Friday morning. And now, the President is trying to shift the narrative.

President Donald Trump shouldn't bother extending an invitation to whichever team wins the championship.

"Any team that wins the championship is going to be in that decision-making situation where you got to do what is in the best interests of your team and handle that accordingly", Curry began, addressing the Eagles' disinvitation. President Trump uninvited the Warriors, after Curry had already declined, claiming that Curry was hesitating and did not deserve the invite.

Only a few members of the Eagles planned to attend the Tuesday event so Mr. Trump, who has lashed out at National Football League players who kneel in protest during the USA anthem before games, disinvited the team. A new National Football League policy announced last month allows dissenting players to stay in the locker room during the anthem but Mr. Trump said "maybe they shouldn't be in the country". No Eagles took part in last season's kneeling demonstrations, which began as a way for black players to protest police treatment of minorities. "Winning [a championship] is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there".

The franchise instead did a charity event in Washington, D.C.

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Professional and college sports teams have long celebrated championships with a ceremonial visit to the White House, but the tradition has become increasingly controversial under Trump.

Hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball's Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams.

In his usual arrogant fashion, Trump went on to brag about his friendship with New England Patriots' Robert Kraft, and how much he enjoyed hosting the Patriots at the White House.

"Let's not let that accomplishment of things that you will have for the rest of your life, and people will always call you a champion for the rest of your life, let's not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment", he continued. "So it's just the way it is".

"I think we'll have the Caps. We had the Pittsburgh Penguins previous year".

The 2018 Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, like the Warriors, were also not invited to the White House.

"What else do you expect Trump to do?" "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going". So the photo op don't look bad. "I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them", he said.

"I agree with Bron", Curry said Tuesday.

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