President Donald Trump has revoked Steph Curry’s invitation to the White House after the Golden State Warriors star told reporters that he did not want to meet the president with alongside the reigning NBA champions as a form of protest.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Previously, Curry had noted that while the organization had not yet decided whether the Golden State Warriors would travel to the White House, he was personally against it.
“Because I don’t think I should – I don’t want to go, that’s really it,” he laughed. “That’s the nucleus of my belief, and it’s not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation. But like I said, it’s the organization, it’s the team.”
When pressed as to what statement Curry wanted to make by pulling a White House no-show, he clarified that the move would be purely political.
“That we don’t stand for… basically, what our president has – the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry replied. “By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, and what is accepted, and what we turn a blind eye to.”
Curry then referred to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, both of whom have expressed disdain for the national anthem and have positioned themselves as activists.
“We all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that,” he explained. “So that’s kind of where I stand on it. But yeah, I don’t think us not going to the White House is miraculously going to make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”