Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant announced that if invited, he would not be in attendance at the White House to celebrate the team’s 2016-17 NBA Championship victory.
The team has not yet been formally invited, but bringing the champions to the White House has become tradition over the years. As for his reasoning on why he will choose to pass on the opportunity of visiting with President Trump, Durant didn’t mince his words.
“Nah, I won’t do that. I don’t respect who’s in office right now,” he said, via ESPN. “I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me.”
The Warriors have not released any type of statement commenting on whether or not the team would choose to attend a ceremony at the White House, if they were offered.
Durant joined Golden State last season after spending the first nine seasons of his career as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization. He was elected to the NBA All-Star team for the eighth straight season this year, going on to be named NBA Finals MVP.
Multiple NBA players have chosen to be outspoken about numerous social events over the past handful of years. Durant has chosen to operate primarily behind the scenes, commending the fellow members of his league, who contribute in ways that aren’t always readily visible.
“Even though it looks bad, I can tell you first hand, especially in our league, I see so many guys doing so much for their communities that they grew up in.”