Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green on Saturday said that the 2019 NBA champions likely wouldn't accept an invite to the White House from President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE.
“I just don’t think that we accept,” Green said during Yahoo’s “Inside the Green Room" when asked what his and the team's response would be to an invite to the White House. “To put it politely. And I try to respect everybody in every field that they do regardless of how crazy things are. But he makes it really hard. He makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things."
"To put it politely, I think it's a hard no," Green added. "I'm sure he's going to take his invite back if we do decide.
The comments from Green come more than a week after the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals, marking the first time a team other than the Warriors has won the title during Trump's presidency. Multiple Warriors players, including Stephen Curry, have been outspoken in their criticism of Trump, prompting the president to rescind an invite to the White House in 2017.
Trump said last week that he was considering inviting the Raptors to the White House.
"They played phenomenal basketball. I watched a little bit of it. They were really terrific. Congratulations ... that was a great job, by a great team. So we'll think about that, if they'd like to do it," he told reporters at the Oval Office.
But members of the Raptors' organization have expressed reticence about going. When asked about a potential visit to the White House last week, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse suggested they would visit Canada's parliament instead.
“You know, we’re here. Let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa. We’re Canada’s team,” he said on 590 The Fan’s Prime Time Sports.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanadian senator dies after being hospitalized for COVID-19 Photos of the Week: President Biden, Kenosha protests and a pardon for Peanut Butter The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE has already invited the team to the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, according to The Washington Post. Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, Canada, also tweeted that the organization should "forget the White House" and come to Parliament.
"Come to Ottawa and Parliament Hill so Canada can congratulate you,” Watson said.
Several professional athletes have elected not to visit the White House in the past two years. In May, many members of the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox skipped the team's visit.
Manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rican native, said he did not feel comfortable visiting given the administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017.
U.S. women's soccer star Alex Morgan has already vowed not to attend the White House should the team receive one following this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup.