Donald Trump is a giant child. The President of the United States decided to go on a Twitter tantrum on Saturday morning after NBA champion Stephen Curry was “hesitating” on going to the White House for the championship ceremony. Trump said that Curry’s “invitation if withdrawn.”
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” he tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
It is a tradition for sports teams to visit the White House after winning a national title, but not many players were on board after Trump won the presidency.
Back in February when the Patriots won the Super Bowl, many of their players did not show up to the White House. After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title there was a question of whether their players would show up to the White House.
Curry, who was one of their leading scorers and all-star, on Friday told reporters, “I don’t want to go.” He also added that he didn’t think his team should make the visit either.
Curry said that his reasons for not wanting to visit the White House were “that we basically don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time,” according to SF Gate.
“By not going, hopefully it will inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country and what we stand for, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” he said.
“It’s not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to push that message into motion,” he continued. “You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things from [Colin] Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change. We’re all trying to do what we can, using our platforms, our opportunities, to shed light on it. I don’t think not going to the White House will miraculously make everything better. But this is my opportunity to voice that.”
The team’s managers have said they will discuss the decision as a team whether to make the visit or not.
Just 20 minutes prior to Trump’s tantrum tweet Fox & Friends had reported Curry’s decision not to visit the White House.
Fox & Friends, 20 minutes before Trump's tweet pic.twitter.com/vyGKjQtgxZ
— Stefan Becket (@becket) September 23, 2017