Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump says Cavs, Warriors won't be invited to White House

CLEVELAND OH- JUNE 06 Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors throws a pass around Trump says Cavs, Warriors won't be invited to White House
Kristopher Love | 10 June, 2018, 22:48

Whether the Golden State Warriors complete the sweep in Game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight or if the Cleveland Cavaliers pull off the unthinkable and win it in 7, there won't be a championship celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

When asked by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith about Trump's statement before Friday's game, National Basketball Association commissioner David Silver said his "first reaction is one of sadness".

Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds a year ago.

In a similar situation previous year, Trump uninvited the Warriors from visiting the White House after Curry and other prominent members of the team said they weren't interested in attending a ceremony.

"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated - friends of theirs or people that they know about - and I'm going to take a look at those applications", he said.

President Donald Trump responded Friday to two NBA stars' statements this week that they would not visit the White House if their teams won the NBA Finals this year.

"It's typical of him", James said of Trump.

"I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite, anyway", James said.

Trump congratulated the Capitals on his Twitter feed after the team won the National Hockey League title with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

That's good because on Friday President Donald Trump made it clear he doesn't want them there either.

"Let's not let someone uninviting you from their house take away from their championship", James said later, Sports Illustrated reported.

The Minnesota Lynx also weren't invited to the White House, but they instead committed to a day of service, giving out shoes to a school in need in the D.C. area.

In a similar situation previous year, Trump uninvited the Warriors from visiting the White House after Curry and other prominent members of the team said they weren't interested in attending a ceremony.

"I think we'll have the Caps", Trump said.

Even before Trump, some athletes have chosen to skip the post-championship White House visit over their disagreements with the sitting president.

"It's not surprising, hearing the news today with the Eagles", James continued.

Patriotism, Samuel Johnson told us long ago, is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Earlier this week, Trump canceled the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House, where they were supposed to be honored for their Super Bowl win from February. "I'm here", Trump said.

Curry concurred with James, saying "I agree with 'Bron".