NBA commissioner says he's 'disappointed' Warriors won't visit WH
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that he is "disappointed" that the Golden State Warriors won't be visiting the White House in February, after the team canceled the plans amid a feud with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE

"I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President," Silver said in a statement obtained by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. 

"I am disappointed that that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues."

A day after Warriors point guard Stephen Curry told reporters that he had decided not to visit the White House with the rest of his teammates in protest of Trump's policies, the president took to Twitter to apparently rescind Curry's invitation. 


"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump tweeted Saturday.

Soon after, the NBA team issued a statement revealing that it would forego the White House visit altogether, and would instead use its time in Washington to celebrate "equality, diversity and inclusion."

The announcement came as Trump faced criticism for his remarks about professional athletes who protest the national anthem during sporting events.