White House Down: Another Pro Team Declines Visit
Peter Darker loves the sports world just as much as website development. Which is why we've been so excited about this year's NBA off-season. If the 2017 NBA off-season was a movie, it'd have to be like Stars Wars, or Frozen, or some other epic greatest movie of all-time. How amazing has it been!? We've seen Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) take their talents to Boston, Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) head first class to Minnesota, Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) join James Harden down in Houston, and Paul George (Indiana Pacers) spoil the Los Angeles rumors and join Oklahoma City. And this week, the New York Knicks announced that they've traded Carmelo Anthony to join the Thunder as well. Talk about another Big 3 (Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony).
This off-season hasn't just been filled with numerous player moves, however. Typically, it's standard for the reigning NBA Champions to take a visit to the White House and be honored by the President every year as well. The Golden State Warriors have been the latest professional team to actually decline the visit this year. The Warriors have been dealing with a lot of "off the court" drama with their superstar, Kevin Durant involving a Twitter exchange he apparently started with himself, but this latest exchange between President Donald Trump and the baby faced assassin only known only as Steph Curry himself, has thickened the plot to what seems to be one of the most eventful off-seasons the NBA has had in years. Take a look:
Obviously, this went viral. Like, super viral. Athletes around the world chimed in with their opinions on the matter. Here's what King James had to say:
Strong words from the world's best player. Although the dust is still settling, the Warriors put out a statement of their own regarding the President withdrawing his proposal:
Earlier this summer, we saw a bunch of New England Patriots players from the NFL reject coming to the White House as well. The total number of Patriots players from 2015 (50) dropped in 2017 (34) significantly. As of this week, the North Carolina Tar Heels Men's Basketball program has also declined the invite to the White House as just the most recent collegiate championship team to add to this list too.
The hostility, tension, anger, and division in our country is again rising. Maybe it was never lowering to begin with. We here at Peter Darker™ stand behind the players and athletes in this country and their right to choose, however. Maybe one day our country will be more focused on uniting, instead of everything else we're seeing now and days.
In times like this, you can only end with a quote from the #GOAT: