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Warriors: We Haven't Decided On White House Visit

| by Lauren Briggs

The Golden State Warriors said on June 13 that they have not made a decision whether or not to visit the White House, after a number of reports stated that they unanimously agreed to skip a celebration with President Donald Trump following their June 12 NBA Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Today is all about celebrating our championship," the team said in a statement, according to KABC. "We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary."

The morning after the team won the championship, a number of unsubstantiated reports broke, including one from Josh Brown of CNBC's "The Halftime Report," alleging that the team unanimously decided to decline any invitations from Trump.

A number of Warriors have spoken out against Trump in the past.

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"Frankly, I think it's why Trump couldn't be more ill-suited to be president, because he's a blowhard," head coach Steve Kerr said in May, according to USA Today. "You don't see some of the qualities you talk about, the resilience, the ability to communicate, the compassion. None of that."

Star player Stephen Curry said in February that he agreed with Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank when he called Trump "a real asset," but added: "if you remove the 'et' from 'asset.' "

Small forward Andre Iguodala speculated that Trump might not even invite the team and that they might not "make a big deal of it."

"We're going to do what our leader [Curry] does," Iguodala said. "I think we handle [the White House situation] when it gets there. I mean, it may be different. There might be somebody different in [office]. That's a realistic thing to say though, right? So you don't know what's going to happen."

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When asked if he favored a visit, the 33-year-old answered, "Hell nah."

"Y'all might write about it," Iguodala joked. "I might call him and say, 'If they ask, just say our schedules conflicted.' And then if y'all write something, we'll say: 'Fake News.'"

Guard Shaun Livingston told KGMZ in February that "definitely wouldn't go" if his team was invited to the White House, according to KNTV.

"I really feel that my views would keep me from going and visiting," Livingston added. "Just with everything that's going on right now, I just don't agree with a lot of stuff that's happening."

At the time, Livingston said that he would defer to Kerr.

"At the end of the day, it would be his decision and I think we would talk about it as a team -- as we usually do -- we would come together and it would be a panel of us and we would really sit down and talk about it," Livingston explained. "Everybody would give their own opinion and have their own side, and I think he would leave that up to each individual."

Sources: USA Today (2), KNTVKABC, Downtown Josh Brown/Twitter / Photo credit: Keith Allison/Flickr

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