Golden State Warriors Reportedly Decline To Visit White House

Last night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second NBA Championship in three seasons during which they have dominated the NBA and drawn comparisons to the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan’s era. This morning there are reports that the team has elected not to visit the White House as has become a tradition for Championship teams at the professional and collegiate level:

 It didn’t take the Golden State Warriors long to decide to skip the traditional championship White House visit.

Less than 24 hours after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday night, the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the White House ceremony honoring their Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to several reports including one by CNBC analyst Josh Brown.

Neither the Warriors organization nor players have released any comment about the report.

The Warriors attended the White House ceremony to honor their 2015 NBA Finals title when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.

he news comes the day after Clemson visited the White House in honor of their National Championship win over Alabama in January.

The Warriors’ rejection of the White House’s invitation builds on 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.

If this is true, it would be something of a snub. Of course, I’ve always thought these visits to be rather pointless to begin with.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Mr. Prosser says:

    It’s not “…something of a snub” it’s an In Your Face!; a Not in Your House! and good on them if they hold to it.

  2. Mr Bluster says:

    Good For Them!

    (Disclosure: I am a Golden State Warriors fan!)

  3. John Peabody says:

    I always use the Golden State Warriors’ locker-room votes to confirm my political beliefs.

  4. Mr Bluster says:

    I always use the Golden State Warriors’ locker-room votes to confirm my political beliefs.

    I dunno. The Warriors locker room last night might have topped Pud’s recent Cabinet Love-In.

  5. reid says:

    @Mr Bluster: Same here, and I concur.

  6. JohnMcC says:

    @Mr Bluster: Well played!

  7. dazedandconfused says:

    They changed the article after Doug read it. Now the headline says GS is denying the report. They say they haven’t made that decision because they haven’t been invited.

  8. DrDaveT says:

    @John Peabody:

    I always use the Golden State Warriors’ locker-room votes to confirm my political beliefs.

    You could do worse. And have.

  9. Franklin says:

    @John Peabody: Not me. I only trust Real Americans.