Golden State Warriors respond to Donald Trump’s comments

Steph Curry spoke with the media about Donald Trump’s comments about rescinding the Warriors’ invitation to the White House to celebrate their championship, outlining why the team had made the decision not to attend anyway. (Courtesy: ESPN)

The Golden State Warriors have released a statement, stating that they will not be visiting the White House following Donald Trump’s comments about Stephen Curry on Saturday.

The Warriors said that they will “constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion” in lieu of a visit to the White House.

Head coach Steve Kerr was asked again about the issue of protesting during the national anthem, and he did not mince his words.

Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional champions’ trip to Washington. Trump’s comment on Curry came one day after the president told NFL owners to fire players who won’t stand for the national anthem.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.

“By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to,” Curry said Friday at the Warriors’ media day. “It’s not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.”

— With files from Associated Press