The Golden State Warriors won their second title in three years on Monday night, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to clinch the series.
But will the Warriors visit the White House?
Every year, national champion sports teams visit the White House for a customary celebration and congratulations. But the Warriors may forego tradition and decline a visit to the White House, according to multiple reports.
Less than 24 hours after securing the title, the Warriors are rumored to skip the visit, according to Josh Brown, who hosts CNBC’s “The Halftime Report.”
https://twitter.com/ReformedBroker/status/874584819883266052But the Warriors issued a statement on Tuesday that said the team hasn't made a decision about whether or not to visit the White House.
Golden State's statement said that "today is all about celebrating our championship" and that they have not received an invitation to the White House. The statement added the organization would make those decisions when and if necessary."
This news comes one day after Clemson, who won the college football national championship in January, visited President Donald Trump at the White House, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
As CNN reported, the Warriors have a controversial history with Trump.
In May, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Trump was “ill-suited to be president.” He also said Trump is "the man who's going to lead you has used racist, misogynist words."
Steve Kerr -- "this is my rant" -- for 2+ minutes on the presidential election: "Maybe we should've seen this coming" pic.twitter.com/MJOcSdXxHH— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 10, 2016
Two-time MVP and Warriors star Stephen Curry also had negative words for Trump. When Kevin Pank, the CEO of Curry’s sponsor Under Armour, called Trump a “real asset,” Curry responded with a little humor.
"I agree with that description," Curry told The San Jose Mercury News. "if you remove the 'et' from asset."
And David West, who nearly brawled with Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson in Monday night’s game, offered his thoughts on the day after the election.
"This whole fairy tale about this post-racial utopia that Obama supposedly created is all bull," West said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "That's the bottom line. When you look at what the results say from last night, this nation has not moved a thread in terms of its ideals."
CNN reported that it’s also unclear whether or not the White House extended an invitation to the Warriors.
But this isn’t the first time controversy has sprung up over a sports team meeting Trump. Some members of the New England Patriots were absent from the team’s visit to the White House in April, after the team won the Super Bowl the month before, according to ABC.
Tom Brady didn’t appear, citing “personal family matters” as why he wouldn’t attend, ABC News reported.
Recently retired NBA star Kobe Bryant said he’d “probably” visit the White House if he won another championship, according to CNN.
Bryant said players should put politics aside.
"That visit is more than how you feel about the current administration. It's about the guys next to you, about the flag, about the kids out there who look up to you and the United States,” he said. “But, honestly, it's a tough call."
"today is all about celebrating our championship" and that they have not received an invitation to the White House. The statement added the organization would make those decisions when and if necessary."