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Warriors claim they haven’t decided whether to go to the White House

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The Golden State Warriors are great at basketball, and nearly as good at matters of diplomacy.

Amid multiple reports that the new NBA champions have decided not to participate in the traditional visit to the White House, the team’s official position is that no decision has been made regarding whether they’ll attend. The team also said that it hasn’t received an invitation to visit the White House, and that it will make a decision on whether to attend “when and if necessary.”

Which means as a practical matter that the invitation will never come, and that the Warriors will never have to spurn it. Given the things that coach Steve Kerr and star player Steph Curry have said publicly about the Commander-in-Chief and the widespread reports of a unanimous decision to not make the trip, the White House surely won’t be inclined to issue the invitation. Which means that the Warriors will get their wish without creating a headline that could alienate some fans or otherwise generate the impression that they are disrespecting the office.

Of course, it remains possible that the White House will now be even more determined to issue the invitation, forcing the Warriors to say no. Ultimately, the administration will have to balance the embarrassment of having the invitation rejected against forcing the Warriors to say no.

As to skepticism regarding whether the Warriors had time to unanimously decide not to make the trip after winning the NBA title, the notion that the question somehow came up after the confetti dropped (after the fourth win, not after the first three) overlooks the very real possibility that, at some point during the team’s dominant playoff run, they decided among themselves that if/when they win, they won’t be going to the White House.

Regardless, the likely end result is that they won’t be going to the White House, whether it’s because they decline an invitation or because they never get one.

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27 Responses to “Warriors claim they haven’t decided whether to go to the White House”
  1. mackcarrington says: Jun 13, 2017 4:55 PM

    Isn’t there enough mini-camp news to report on?
    This story relates to football how?

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 13, 2017 4:58 PM

    Good for them. Comade Trump and his cronies are the most corrupt group of politicians in the history of the country.

  3. thelastwordyaheard says: Jun 13, 2017 5:00 PM

    The Golden State Social Justice Warriors

  4. redclaw1314 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:03 PM

    The President’s time is best spent dealing with other matters.

  5. nyfootballgiants says: Jun 13, 2017 5:08 PM

    So, i get confused here. When athletes chose not to attend these White House ceremonies under previous administrations – they were accused of disrespecting the President, etc.

    Now entire teams might not attend – and there doesn’t seem to be the same concern?

    Personally, whether you voted for this guy or the last one – they were both President, and most people don’t get the opportunity to meet any President.

    But, I also don’t think the world will end if they stop inviting winning teams to the White House. There are certainly more important things that need to be taken care of by any sitting President.

  6. bucfaninclearwater says: Jun 13, 2017 5:10 PM

    redclaw1314 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 5:03 PM
    The President’s time is best spent dealing with other matters.
    ——————————————————-

    Ya, like tweeting!!

  7. scmems07 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:11 PM

    Shaun King was the one who reported they were not going…. That should be all you need to know about the “initial reports”.

  8. niners816 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:11 PM

    Liberals are such babies. Whine, whine, whine.

  9. unfkwthabl says: Jun 13, 2017 5:12 PM

    Embarrass the traitor in the white house.

    Do not tolerate bullies and liars who cheat their way to prosperity!

  10. mannyiac says: Jun 13, 2017 5:14 PM

    Trump’s looking ahead to the Patriots visiting again next year.

  11. cmoney20 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:17 PM

    Remember that Lebron Racism story turning into an attack on Jason Whitlock once no one could find any evidence? Me too

  12. internetcommenter7 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:28 PM

    Trying to decide which I hate more, trump or the warriors, is truly difficult

  13. burtmustin says: Jun 13, 2017 5:28 PM

    Steve Kerr’s back is going to act up again the day they are scheduled to visit.

  14. raiderej says: Jun 13, 2017 5:32 PM

    Why would anyone want to visit this crumbling temple? There could not possibly be anything you’d want to see with the new “remodel”.

  15. 1nationraidernation says: Jun 13, 2017 5:45 PM

    it’s simple……don’t go

  16. abninf says: Jun 13, 2017 6:05 PM

    Kleenex’s stock must have gone through the roof since the election.

  17. gtodriver says: Jun 13, 2017 6:36 PM

    To all those left wing lunatics claiming that Trump is “Not My President”…

    I didn’t vote for Obama, but he was my president, as I live in the United States of America and we have 200+ year election procedure that determines who the new president is.

    Trump won, he’s OUR president.

  18. fedora59 says: Jun 13, 2017 6:36 PM

    How do you decline an invitation that has not been extended?

  19. intrafinesse says: Jun 13, 2017 6:41 PM

    The Russians won.

    There I fixed it for you.

    —————–
    gtodriver says:
    Jun 13, 2017 6:36 PM
    To all those left wing lunatics claiming that Trump is “Not My President”…

    I didn’t vote for Obama, but he was my president, as I live in the United States of America and we have 200+ year election procedure that determines who the new president is.

    Trump won, he’s OUR president.

  20. runtheball says: Jun 13, 2017 6:54 PM

    I am sure when the Penguins visit Trump will get his picture taken with Evgeni Malkin and CNN will use it as proof of Russian ties.

  21. Gdp says: Jun 13, 2017 8:45 PM

    MAGA – “Morons Are Governing America”

  22. saltineamerican says: Jun 13, 2017 9:39 PM

    If I was fortunate enough to be invited to the White House, I would go regardless of who was President. It’s not the person(s) who occupy the house, it’s the entire history of the office. I truly believe they should go.

  23. Anicra says: Jun 14, 2017 2:33 AM

    It is so shameful to see the disrespect toward the Presidency. Makes me sick to see this as American

  24. raidernation210 says: Jun 14, 2017 7:23 AM

    why is this story in the football section? The warriors are a basketball team, right? this website does have a PBT section, right? So why is this story on here again???

  25. gtodriver says: Jun 14, 2017 8:12 AM

    intrafinesse says:

    The Russians won.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Spoken like a true “Snowflake”. I suppose you still live in your parents basement.

  26. thekillernacho says: Jun 14, 2017 9:31 AM

    ProBasketballTalk

  27. bnort81 says: Jun 14, 2017 1:04 PM

    “..the notion that the question somehow came up after the confetti dropped”.

    How hard was it not to say “after the covfefe dropped”?

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