Sunday 22 April 2018

Donald Trump uninvites NBA champion Stephen Curry to the White House

Evan Bartlett

Donald Trump has rescinded Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House even though the NBA superstar already said he would "probably" not be visiting.

At a press conference on Friday, the Golden State Warriors point guard said he would be against his team attending a meet-and-greet with the President.

That is thought to be what prompted Trump's outburst.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team," the president said on Saturday.

"Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!"

Title-winning teams from America's major sports have visited the White House since 1865 but the tradition has become more controversial since Trump took power earlier this year.

Curry, whose Warriors won last season's NBA championship, said his personal desire was not to visit, but admitted his position was made difficult because he does not represent the whole team.

"I don't want to go," the 29-year-old said.

"That's the nucleus of my belief.

"But it's not just me going to the White House, because if it was that would be a pretty simple conversation.

"But it's the organisation, it's the team. It's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do.

"Whether we do go or we don't go, my belief stays the same."

Independent News Service

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