Small forward Kevin Durant declared that he will not join the Golden State Warriors team when they visit President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C. should the reigning NBA champion are invited.
“Nah, I won’t do that,” said the 28-year-old Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.”
The Golden State Warriors set to visit the Washington on February 28 to take on the Wizards. The White House has not extended a formal invitation to the defending NBA champions.
KD detailed on why he would not join his teammates in a White House visit, a ceremony for professional teams in the leagues coming off championship seasons.
“I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that,” said Kevin Durant. “That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me.”
Durant’s hometown is 11 miles from the downtown Washington, D.C. Ever since he was a young, Durant fantasized of bringing home the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the White House.
However, Trump’s schismatic bombast over the past few years and his controversial response to what emerged in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend have led to many famous athletes, celebrities and politicians to voice their disappointments.
“I just wanted to sit back and analyze everything and gather my thoughts,” KC said. “I wanted to say something immediately, but I definitely want to be the voice of where I come from and people who have come from my neighborhood and deal with oppression.”
A white supremacist rally protesting the ejection of a Robert E. Lee statue was mobilized in Charlottesville, Virginia last week. Durant, like any other non-supporter of Trump, believes that the president has a role in the upsurge of racial tension in the United States and the public rise of white supremacists.