This story has been updated.
The Golden State Warriors reached the summit in the second time in three years by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win the NBA Finals. It was competitive at times during the series, but all in all, the Kevin Durant flexed on LeBron James and got the better of him to win the Finals MVP.
Now that they’ve been crowned champions, the Warriors unanimously refused to attend the White House celebration because of Donald Trump according to multiple reports.
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
The tradition that dates back to 1865 started with President Andrew Johnson inviting amateur baseball clubs like the Brooklyn Athletics and Washington Nationals. The first NBA team to visit the White House were then-NBA Champion Boston Celtics under President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
However, we had to expect this outcome regardless of who won the NBA Finals this year. The NBA is one of the most anti-Trump professional leagues that exist.
While Trump has had visits from other sports teams such as the New England Patriots and Clemson Tigers football team, he may have to get used to fewer and fewer teams visiting the White House.
UPDATE: The Golden State Warriors released a statement denying the rumors of whether they would attend the White House, saying, “we have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”