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Golden State Warriors respond to Trump after Curry uninvited to White House

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, from left, guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant celebrate after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday announcing he was not inviting Golden State Warriors two-time champion and MVP Stephen Curry to the White House, the Warriors organization responded coming to the defense of their star.

In a statement posted on the team's official Twitter page the Warriors stated:

While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.
In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we'll constructively use our trip to the nation's capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion-the values that we embrace as an organization.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that Curry was not invited to attend the White House with the Warriors stating "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. "Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

Traditionally, the NBA championship winning team is invited to the White House.

During the Warriors media day on Friday, Curry addressed the subject of going to the White House stating, "By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward," Curry said, according to ESPN.

Fellow Warriors teammate and superstar Kevin Durant previously stated his intentions not to visit the White House because of "not respecting who's in office now" referencing Trump, according to ESPN.

While at a victory parade in Aug. 2017 in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, the Washington, D.C. area native said of Trump "I don't agree with what he (Trump) agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard not by doing that." ESPN reported Durant said that's how he feels personally and isn't sure if others will agree with him.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said the team was in the process of deciding if they would go.

Trump's comments on Curry created a firestorm on social media. LeBron James took to Twitter voicing his displeasure with the commander-in-chief calling him a "bum."





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