Just before their game against the Washington Wizards in D.C. this Thursday, the Golden State Warriors bucked tradition and skipped visiting a current president and instead visited a former one.
A reporter for The Mercury News posted a photo to Twitter showing the team smiling for the camera while surrounding former president Barack Obama.
“Looks like the Warriors paid a visit to President Barack Obama during their visit to Washington DC.,” Logan Murdock tweeted Thursday evening.
Looks like the Warriors paid a visit to President Barack Obama during their visit to Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/D5PSwjc3Gl
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 25, 2019
As The Mercury News points out, the team’s full roster was in the picture except for player Jonas Jerebko, who reportedly was attending the birth of his second child.
Championship teams traditionally visit the White House when in D.C. The Warrior’s snub comes on the heels of some contentious history with President Trump, who denied the team a visit to the White House back in 2017 when player Stephen Curry, a vocal critic of Trump, announced that he wouldn’t attend in the first place. The team chose to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture with a group of students instead.
During an event the night this Wednesday, Curry said that today’s athletes aren’t afraid of publicly voicing displeasure with a sitting president.
“Athletes in general, especially in the NBA, guys are educated. They know what they’re talking about,” Curry said, according to The Washington Post. “They know what they believe. And there’s a reason when you say something there are headlines. People want to hear what you have to say. We shouldn’t shy away from it.
“We have a league that supports each other,” he continued. “We have a commissioner [Adam Silver] that supports us in using our voice to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. And I think this era of athlete is unafraid to be unapologetically themselves, whatever that means.”
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