Trump Will Not Be Inviting NBA Champs To White House

Grant SmithJun 09, 2018

President Trump said Friday he won't be inviting the victor of the NBA Finals to the White House.

Speaking at media before departing for the G7 meeting in Canada, Trump made the declaration after the Cavs' LeBron James said earlier this week that neither team would accept an invitation to the White House, as has been tradition for major sports teams.

Curry is referencing last year's controversy when the Warriors declined an invitation the White House.

"Championship teams, not just in our sport, but in other sports aren't getting to celebrate in that way, something that has historically been apolitical in Washington, but I have to put it in the greater context of where we find our country", Silver continued. "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going", James said.

The Warriors and Cavaliers face off Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Finals in Cleveland. He said, "I think we'll have the Caps, I mean, we'll see".

Trump canceled a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl win after most of the players decided they'd skip it.

The president held "A Celebration of America" event instead. But it's good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do. And Kerr's profound statements all speak rightfully against the divisiveness being perpetrated by President Donald Trump.

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 US anthem before games, disinvited the team. But we already knew the Warriors and the Cavaliers weren't going to go. "Pretty sure the way we handled things a year ago, kinda staying consistent with that".

"Any team that wins the championship is going to be in a decision-making situation where you have to do what is in the best interest of your team", he said.

Trump did hint that the Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup, would be invited. "Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!" The Eagles visit was scrapped after it emerged that only around 10-12 players were likely to attend. His teammate, Kevin Durant, also spoke about the Eagles' move before as well.

Trump said he would ask athletes to give him names of people who they feel have been treated unfairly by the criminal justice system and he would consider pardoning them or commuting their sentences. So the photo op don't look bad.

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