By Shawn Rice
The Golden State Warriors basketball team unanimously voted to skip a visit to the White House after winning the 2017 NBA Championship is an unproven claim. Reports are circulating social media that the Warriors voted unanimously to skip a visit to meet President Donald Trump is based upon a single unconfirmed tweet.
The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. What soon followed was news that the newly-crowned NBA champions had unanimously voted to skip the traditional congratulatory trip to the White House.
Although this rumor was picked up by a diverse range of outlets, ranging from NBC to Uproxx to Vibe to Raw Story, these reports were all based on a single source: a tweet from CNBC finance reporter Josh Brown.
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
However, Brown did not cite a source for the information, nor did he quote or link to any first-hand accounts of the team’s plans. As of this writing, the Warriors have not released an official statement on the issue, nor have any players confirmed that they indeed will be skipping a visit the White House. As of now, the tweet is just speculation.
Several Warriors members have talked about their dislike for the current administration, but that talk came before the team won the 2017 NBA championship. Head coach Steve Kerr, for instance, said that Trump was “ill-suited to be President” in November 2016, while point guard Steph Curry slyly called the president an ass (saying, “I agree with that description … if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”) Power forward David West was less coy regarding his opinion of President Trump and the president’s supporters:
“The things that he said, the things that he represented, that’s the way that the majority of this nation feels,” West said. “I think he just emboldened them because he’s able to say it publically. He got the platform.”
“It is kind of unnerving and unsettling … The man’s 70 years old, so he is who he is. It’s just a shame that, throughout the process, a lot of these people were in hiding and waited for the cover of the ballot to represent who they are.”
The rumors did lead to much discussion on social media as to whether the Warriors will decline an invitation to the White House.
When you’re enjoying your championship, but then remember you gotta visit Trump at the White House pic.twitter.com/SbdY3VVwWD
— Warriors (@TheCity73) June 13, 2017
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 13, 2017
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 13, 2017
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