President Trump decided not to invite the Golden State Warriors to the White House to celebrate their 2016 NBA championship.
However, before he made that announcement was made, Warriors star Stephen Curry was contemplating meeting with ex-President Barack Obama instead of visiting Trump’s White House.
Curry was one of those Warriors who engaged in constant criticism of Trump in near-weekly verbal attacks, and his constant fusillades were some of the factors that caused the president to withhold an invitation to visit the White House.
Indeed, as his teammates dithered on whether they would accept an invitation from Trump, and as Trump mulled revoking the traditional invite altogether, Curry apparently began making plans to take a meeting with Obama.
It appears that Curry reached out to Obama to discuss what the team could to instead of visiting with Trump, ESPN reported:
Over the coming months, Curry and former President Barack Obama had a discussion about what the Warriors could do as an alternative. Curry and Obama have occasional text exchanges that can range from small talk to sports to worldview matters. They briefly discussed the possibility of the team visiting Obama, but that was quickly dismissed as both agreed it would only open up the floodgates for individuals to spout off about so-called political leanings. Politicizing the occasion wasn’t the intent.
Trump settled the question for the team by deciding not to offer an invitation in the first place, in order to take away the team’s political platform to turn the visit into an excuse to support their left-wing agenda.
This month, the team announced that it intended to tour Washington DC’s African American Museum in the company of a group of Maryland school children, instead of making a White House visit which was never offered.
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