Kevin Durant says Golden State Warriors won't visit Trump

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      In an interview with ESPN, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted that he won't be celebrating the team's championship win at the White House. 

      "Nah, I won't do that. I don't respect who's in office right now," said Durant. KD went on to say that "if I know my guys well enough, they'll agree with me."

      The tradition of visiting the White House after a championship win is a storied one and while athletes refusing to go is nothing new (Tim Thomas in 2011 comes to mind), we've never seen entire teams refuse invitations to visit the president.

      In fact, the Super Bowl-stealing New England Patriots visited Trump in April and more than 30 players reportedly boycotted the occasion. And, in June, during the middle of the season, several members of the Chicago Cubs visited Trump after having their official meeting with Obama earlier in the year. 

      Likewise, there's been no backlash against Trump from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have said that, if invited, they will go to the White House. Ostensibly, Trump hasn't extended the invitation to either the Warriors or Penguins because getting turned down would be another PR disaster for an administration that has brought new meaning to the phrase.

      It remains to be seen whether Trump's recent statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Virgina will be enough for organizations in the NHL, NFL or MLB to take notice, but if you're looking for your favourite athletes to take a stand, basketball might be the best bet. It seems the top teams in other sports will continue to act as if respect for the office is enough of a reason to celebrate with a racist.