Golden State Warriors Praise 'Unifying' Visit to Black History Museum After Snubbing Donald Trump

The Golden State Warriors might not have visited the White House, but they still found reasons to consider their trip to Washington a success.

The two-time NBA champions saw their invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue revoked in September, after Donald Trump took exception to being criticized by Stephen Curry over his attacks on black athletes protesting during the National Anthem.

However, the Warriors were undeterred by the presidential snub and travelled to the capital anyway, opting to tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students on Tuesday.

Curry said the visit was meant to be a unifying alternative after the team’s scheduled trip to the White House fell through.

"I think generally how unifying it's been with the conversation around how sports are mingling in with, not just with politics, but just change and society," Curry was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"Everybody has a voice, and I think when you come to the arena tonight, you'll see people from all walks of life, all different backgrounds enjoying entertainment and sports on the court. It brings people together, and I think that's kind of how it manifested itself with this whole conversation.”

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The Warriors’ visit to the museum lasted three hours. They were accompanied on their tour by 40 students from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, the town where Warriors’ small forward Kevin Durant grew up.

However, following a request from the players, journalists were prevented from entering the museum, which was also closed to visitors during the Warriors’ tour.

Swapping the  media pack for a group of excited school kids seemed a trade Durant was more than happy with.

"Just to see the smiles and the excitement," he said.

“For them to know who we are and to see us up close and personal and to be from a place where I grew up and never got the opportunity to see people I looked up to as a kid."

Ahead of the visit, Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson explained the decision to visit the museum was not meant as a political statement, nor as a thinly veiled criticism of Trump.

"The White House is a great honor, but there are other circumstances that we felt not comfortable going," Thompson told reporters, as reported by the New York Post.

"We're not going to politicize anything. We're just going to go hang out with some kids and take them to the African-American Museum and teach them things we learned along the way.”

Following the visit, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised their decision, stating it was “beautiful” of the Warriors to have taken the kids with them.

"What's lovely about it, what I was proud of is that they said a long time ago that they wanted to do community service when they came here and how lovely it was for them to be with Durant when he could go home and do community service there and show the kids what the possibilities are," she told ESPN.

The 2017 NBA champions were not the first team to decline the customary visit to the White House to celebrate titles. After the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last month, a number of players stated they would not take up the invite, while in December Lindsey Vonn said she to "represent the people of the U.S., not the president" at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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