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Warrior Explains Why Winning Team Skipped Trip to the White House This Year

In recent decades, it has become a tradition for championship teams to be invited to visit the White House and to meet with the President of the United States. And in this last year, it has become a routine for team members, or in some cases entire teams, to snub President Donald Trump and skip the visit. One champ explains the reasoning behind his team's decision to decline the invitation.

The Golden State Warriors won their second consecutive NBA championship, and once again they skipped the customary trip to the White House. Instead of going for a meet and greet with President Donald Trump, the team members spent the day with local children exploring an African-American history museum. Apparently, that has been the plan for months.

Draymond Green, forward for the team, said the reason behind the team not going to the White House isn't as simple as it seems. It's bigger than just not wanting to meet with President Trump.

“I know we would make the same decision to not go,” Green told CNN. “It’s not about not seeing Donald Trump or anything else that goes with it, but more so about what we stand for. In order to effect change, you have to stand for something. If you go about it the same way, you do the same things you do if everything is normal, then you won’t effect change.”

“Our goal is to effect some change and use our platform to do that,” Green added. “That’s why we opted not to go to the White House, because it would just be status quo if we did, and then how does your voice even matter?”

Other team mates have downplayed President Trump in the team's decision as well. Klay Thompson explained to reporters, "The White House is a great honor, but there’s extenuating circumstances that we felt that we’re not comfortable doing... We’re not going to politicize anything, we’re just going to hang out with some kids, take them to an African-American museum and hopefully teach them things we learned along the way and life lessons, and we’ll still be getting some great memories.”

The last time the team visited the White House was after winning the championship in 2015, when they went to meet with former President Barack Obama. When the team won next in 2017, some members said they did not plan to go to the White House victory event because of how they felt about Trump. When President Trump heard this, he disinvited the whole team.

The team seemed happy to make alternate plans visiting a museum with elementary school children in Maryland, where Kevin Durant grew up.

“Kids from my area don’t really get that opportunity to be in front of champions like that,” Durant said last year when the team announced their plans. “So hopefully it inspires them to just be whatever they want to be in life.”

“It’s kind of beating a dead horse at this point,” said Stephen Curry about the alternate plans. “We’re excited about the opportunity we’re going to do (today) as a team. Other than that, it’s a business trip.”

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Chrishmt0423/ Flickr, Mike D/ Flickr, Schill/Flickr, Gage Skidmore

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