After Dis-Invitation From The White House, Warriors Take Students For Museum Tour

After President Donald Trump withdrew the invitation for the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, players instead decided to make a day of it with some students from schools in Kevin Durant's home town.

The players brought kids to take a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. Durant was very excited about the change of plans.

It's traditional for the NBA champs to visit the White House when the season ends, but this year the reigning champions won't be going. The change of plans came after the president dis-invited the team.

The Warriors were happy to show up after winning in 2015 and posed for a photo with former President Barack Obama. After Trump won the election, however, members of the team said they would have to think about whether they'd be going to the White House if they won.

They eventually decided that they would make a decision as a group.

Former MVP Stephen Curry said in an interview that if it were up to him, he wouldn't go to meet the current president.

“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 remarked.

“And 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.”

Before the group could jointly decide what to do, the President made the decision for them. He tweeted that they were no longer invited.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team," wrote Trump. "Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

It wasn't a wash for the Warriors, though. Instead of going to the White House, they headed to the museum, taking several local students.

"We never had those opportunities, coming from Seat Pleasant," said Durant to The Washington Post in a comment. "Getting to hang around with the best team in the NBA, the world champions, we never got that opportunity at that age. To be able to provide them that type of experience, it's going to do a lot for those kids."

"They're going to remember this for the rest of their lives," Durant added.

The media wasn't invited along to the museum trip and there was no official sponsor; the team wanted to keep it personal. No photos have been released yet. It was a low-key but meaningful day for both players and students.

The NBA All-Star says it wasn't at all strange to skip out on the White House. "My view of the championship was exactly what we did," he explained.

"Us as a team, on the court. That's how I viewed the championship. Everything outside of that is extra. I'm doing whatever my brothers want to do. I'm doing whatever my team wants to do. I'm doing whatever the organization wants to do. We're celebrating it how we want to celebrate it, and in a unique way."

Since Trump's win, championship teams visiting the White House, once an honored tradition, has become controversial and political.

Source: MailOnline
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