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It is Disrespectful To Refuse To Visit The White House

By Mike Sullivan

Conflicting reports surfaced on Tuesday about the Golden State Warriors and their upcoming trip to visit President Trump at the White House.

Obviously, we all know the tradition. Championship teams are always invited to visit the White House to be honored for their accomplishment.

Less than 24 hours after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday night, the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the expected White House invitation, according to several reports including one by CNBC analyst Josh Brown. Brown then deleted the tweet with his report on Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden State Warriors organization addressed the issue Tuesday in a statement saying that “we have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

Keep in mind that this news comes the day after Clemson visited the White House in honor of its college football national championship win over Alabama in January.

The Warriors’ alleged rejection of the White House’s invitation also goes hand in hand with the sentiment expressed by several New England Patriots who announced they would not attend the Trump White House ceremony in April. Notable Patriots who missed the April ceremony were Tom Brady - who said he would not attend for personal reasons - Legarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Danny Amendola who voiced they wouldn’t attend due to their displeasure for President Trump.

Thirty-four Patriots were present for the White House ceremony to honor their Super Bowl 51 win, which was a similar number of attendees when the Patriots won in 2004 and 2005, according to Patriots team spokesman Stacey James.

You’ll remember that the Warriors attended the White House ceremony to honor their 2015 NBA Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.

But now all of a sudden they apparently don’t want to go. This makes zero sense to me, if I am being completely honest.

I’m of the belief that if you’re invited to the White House, you go. Period. It’s an honor to be invited to the White House and you should attend out of respect for the office and respect for our country.

It comes off as very pouty in my opinion for people to essentially say they do not want to attend just because they didn’t vote for the President who the American people elected.

Now isn’t the time to be petty the scores and odds do not matter at this time. Now is the time to come together.

Let me be clear. I don’t care who the President is. Whether it’s Obama, Trump, or anyone, you should visit the White House if invited.

This has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with respect for the office and respect for the United States of America.

It’s just not a good look to deny a visit because you don’t like the President. I don’t care if you like him or not, you should still go. Do not whine, do not pout, just go and have some class.

I’m not saying you have to give the President a huge hug and be nice. But you should at least have some respect and attend the White House ceremony if invited. It’s a rare opportunity and true honor.

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