While in Washington D.C. for their game against the Washington Wizards, the Golden State Warriors took some time to visit president Barack Obama. The one-hour discreet visit was revealed by a team staffer who posted a picture on social media, which was later deleted.
Looks like the Warriors paid a visit to President Barack Obama during their visit to Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/D5PSwjc3Gl— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 25, 2019
The Warriors have a number of ties to the 44th president, starting with when they met him on a trip to the White House in 2016, following their 2015 championship. Since then, Obama and Steph Curry have made a habit of playing golf together, while the basketball-loving president has publicly praised the team’s selfless style of play.
Despite all those connections, there are a number of players on the current roster who weren’t on the 2015 championship team, or aren’t as big of superstars as Durant and Curry, and the Warriors recent trip allowed those players to meet the popular president.
The visit came in lieu of the traditional visit that NBA champions make to the White House, something the Warriors have now avoided for two years in a row. Last year, there were rumors that the team was uninterested in visiting the White House with Donald Trump in office, and when Curry, Durant, and Draymond Green publicly criticized Trump, the president refused to even offer the visit.
This year, there was no discussion from either side.
With that said, the game-day visit with Obama was meant to be a moment for the players (coaches were not included), and wasn’t supposed to be a public political statement. It was organized by Curry, who has a good relationship with the president.
The Warriors players-only meeting with former president Barack Obama’s was arranged by Stephen Curry, according to a team official. But it was meant to stay private, rather become a political statement.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 25, 2019
Asked how the meeting with Obama came together, Stephen Curry smirked and said, “I have no idea.”— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) January 25, 2019
It was a busy day of meeting political figures for the two-time MVP, as he not only spent time with Obama before the game, but met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the contest.
Stephen Curry chatting postgame with Nancy Pelosi. “Continued luck and success making this country better,” he told her. pic.twitter.com/4JBM0R4E0Z— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) January 25, 2019
This, of course, brought up the much-debated topic of blending politics and sports, and whether or not athletes should speak up on political issues. After the game, the ever-eloquent Curry made his opinion on the matter clear, calling his platform “extremely powerful if used in the right way.”
Stephen Curry on whether politics should be left out of sports: "People want to hear what we have to say, so we shouldn't shy away from it. ... That platform is extremely powerful if used in the right way."— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) January 24, 2019
All in all, it was an eventful trip to the nation’s capital for the defending champions, who left with a win and some memories that will surely last a lifetime.