During Golden State’s media day on Friday, Stephen Curry said in no uncertain terms that if they win he does not want to take part in the White House ceremony celebrating the win.
While he admitted he isn’t speaking for the whole team, he said, “I don’t want to go, that’s kind of the nucleus of my belief.”
“[I]t’s not just me going to the White House,” Curry stated. “If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation.”
Curry was asked what his message was in choosing to not attend.
Stephen Curry doesn't hold back on whether he'll vote to visit White House. pic.twitter.com/n2PBAtYQdA
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 22, 2017
“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 said. “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. It’s not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.”
President Trump has seen the coverage of Curry’s comments and is not impressed. He tweeted, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
This led to LeBron James tweeting back at Trump, posting, “U bum [Curry] already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite.”
He went on to say, “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up.”
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the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!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
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017