Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, has appeared Saturday night on CNN’s The Axe Files to explain the reason behind his team’s choice to not accept the White House invitation to celebrate their NBA championship in February – a tradition that has been going on for decades already.
“We see what President Trump does with his words, with his actions, and it’s difficult to reconcile that and just say we’ll put all that aside,” Kerr explained. “He can make fun of handicap people. He can say a lot of nasty things, ugly things, whether it’s about women, whomever. There can be a lot of things that happen that are just really difficult to just say, ‘All right, we’ll put that aside and go visit and shake his hand.’ It doesn’t feel right.”
Trump has withdrawn the White House invitation to the Warriors and Stephen Curry through his tweet in September, just one day after Curry clearly stated that the Warriors were not interested in the visit.
Kerr has already expressed his disapproval of the President before, saying that Trump was a “blowhard” who is “ill-suited” for office. He added in his interview with CNN, “Instead of unifying and trying to calm the storm, (Trump is) creating it, over and over again. We see it with his tweets every day.”
Kerr pointed out another reason behind he and the Warriors’ “tough time” with Trump, and that was the President’s September rally in Alabama – where he called NFL players who were protesting peacefully as “sons of (expletive).”
According to Kerr, “Those are sons of (expletive)? Really? You’re the President of the United States and you’re going to call them sons of (expletive)? And you’re going to call (Colin) Kaepernick out for non-violent protests, a staple of American democracy? That’s really hard to deal with.”