Commissioner Adam Silver Unhappy With Warriors Decision
Visiting the White House and the President of the United States of America has become somewhat of a custom in professional sports over the years.
This past NBA season, the Golden State Warriors won their second NBA title in their past two seasons and have made it clear that they have no intentions of visiting President Donald Trump. That just happened to rub Commissioner Adam Silver and the league office the wrong way.
“I definitely don’t think it should be a league decision,” Silver replied in the interview for The Players’ Tribune. “I don’t think we should be directing teams or players to go to the White House. It’s my view that if invited, our teams should go to the White House. Regardless of people’s personal political views, I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician or any individual elected official.
“And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship – something that’s been a great tradition – would become one that is partisan. I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player’s decision not to go.”
Stephen Curry and Head Coach Steve Kerr were two of the many Warriors personnel who have been critical of President Trump over the past year.
Based on the overall NBA reception to Trump being elected, it seems like this will not be the last time an NBA team skips their championship White House visit.