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No Warriors at the White House: Golden State must reject Trump’s hate

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“I urge every member of the Golden State Warriors team to publicly reject Trump’s hate by refusing to set foot in his White House.”

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    No Warriors at the White House: Golden State must reject Trump’s hate

    The Golden State Warriors just won the NBA Finals and ended their season with an amazing 16-1 playoff run.1 Now, the Warriors have a chance to make history off the court.

    When racist bigot Donald Trump invites the 2017 NBA champions to the White House, not one Golden State Warrior should be there.

    Unconfirmed reports have indicated that the Warriors would refuse a visit to the White House, but a team spokesperson recently announced that the Warriors had not made that decision yet.2

    Tens of thousands of CREDO members have pushed corporations, business leaders and politicians to refuse to normalize or legitimize Trump’s racist, xenophobic and sexist administration. Professional athletes also have the power to use their celebrity and influence to resist Trump, and as consumers and fans, we have the power to make sure they do.

    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and star point guard Stephen Curry have already spoken out against Trump’s hateful agenda. Help urge the entire Warriors squad to publicly reject Trump’s hate by refusing to set foot in his White House. Add your name now.

    Tell the Golden State Warriors: Not one NBA champion at Trump’s White House.

    The Warriors represent California, also known as the Golden State, which has been the epicenter of resistance to Trump’s hateful, xenophobic administration since day one. Their head coach Steve Kerr has publicly denounced Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban.3 He roasted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for lying about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd and for promoting “alternative facts.”4 Kerr also called Trump out for being cruel and undignified.

    It’s about leadership, it’s about compassion and dignity and character and treating people the right way. That’s leadership. It’s terrifying we have someone in office who espouses none of that.5

    The team’s power forward David West said that Trump’s election win was “disheartening” and “disappointing.”6 And Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry called Trump an “ass” earlier this year.7 Now the Warriors can put their words into action.

    Tell the Golden State Warriors: Not one NBA champion at Trump’s White House.

    NBA players have made powerful statements against racism and injustice in the past few years. In 2014, players across the country wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during pre-game warmups in memory of Eric Garner, a Black man killed by police.8 That same year, many teams, including the Golden State Warriors, wore black socks and their warmup jerseys backwards in protest of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s anti-Black racism.9 Now is a time for athletes to step up even more.

    A few months ago, 33 members of the 2017 Super Bowl championship team, the New England Patriots, refused to legitimize Trump’s presidency and boycotted the team’s visit to the White House.10 And not a single team member signed Trump’s honorary game helmet. That was a good first step. But Golden State can take it all the way by making sure that every coach and player on the team stands united against Trump’s bigotry and racism and stays away from the White House.

    There is no doubt that Golden State’s Bay Area fan base will have their backs no matter what. Speak out now to show the Warriors that people across the country also have their backs, and are counting on them to send racist bigot Donald Trump a powerful message of resistance by rejecting his invitation to the White House.

    Thank you for all you do.

    References:

    1. CBS Sports, " NBA Finals Game 5 score, highlights: Warriors beat Cavs to win 2017 NBA title," June 12, 2017.
    2. John Branch, “Will the Warriors Visit the White House? First, They Have to Be Invited,” The New York Times, June 13, 2017.
    3. Kelly McCarthy, “Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr Calls Travel Ban ‘Horrible Idea,'” ABC News, Jan. 30, 2017.
    4. Des Bieler, “Steve Kerr trolls Sean Spicer with ‘alternative facts’ quip about NBA career,” The Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2017.
    5. Anthony Slater, “Why Warriors coach Steve Kerr speaks out on social issues,” The Mercury News, Feb. 17, 2017.
    6. Chris Haynes, “Warriors’ David West ‘disappointed’ at Donald Trump’s election,” ESPN, Nov. 9, 2016.
    7. Jack Williams, “Stephen Curry Takes Issue With Under Armour Leader on Trump,” The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2017.
    8. Scott Cacciola, “At Net’s Game, a Plan for a Simple Statement Is Carried Out to a T,” The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2014.
    9. Ben Golliver, “Warriors planned Game 5 walkout if Clippers’ Donald Sterling wasn’t banned,” Sports Illustrated, April 30, 2014.
    10. NowThis, “Over 30 New England Patriots refused to show up at the White House,” April 19, 2017.