Warriors Deny That They Turned Down Invitation to White House
The decision did not take long to make. According to several reports, the Warriors unanimously decided soon after their victory celebrations that they would not attend the championship White House ceremony honoring their Finals win—but the team has since said they have made no such decision.
“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the Warriors stated in responding to a Business Insider request for comment. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”
2017 MVP Kevin Durant led the team to their second title in three years on Monday night when Golden State declared victory over Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120.
In 2015, the Warriors attended the White House ceremony when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.
The news comes just a few months after several New England Patriots announced they would not attend the Trump White House ceremony in April. Tom Brady was one of these Patriots, who said he would not attend for personal reasons. Legarette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Danny Amendola also rejected the invitation.
According to Patriots spokesperson, Stacey James, there were 34 Patriots in attendance at the White House ceremony to honor their Super Bowl 51 win, which was a similar number of attendees when the Patriots won in 2004 and 2005.