White House visit? No thanks, says NBA's Durant

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"Because I can't understand how you could have any disagreement with what Kevin Durant said, A. But B, and more importantly, how you could believe that that's a political issue".

"I don't respect who's in office right now", the finals MVP said.

Traditionally, championship teams from all levels of organized sports - from Super Bowl winners to Little League World Series champions - are invited to the White House to meet the president, an honor that stretches back to the 1800s. Durant made the statement during the "Kevin Durant Day" parade in Prince George's County, Maryland, a 30-minute drive from the White House.

"It is my personal opinion but I know my teammates well enough to know that they agree with me", he estimated.

In a string of three days, Durant has given his take on ESPN's Odell Beckham fantasy auction controversy, poked fun at the Knicks and NY basketball and announced he would not visit Donald Trump's White House because of a lack of respect.

While basking in the glow of the parade Durant didn't mince words if the 2017 National Basketball Association champs are invited to visit the White House. LeBron later expanded on those comments, referring to Trump as our "so-called president". "We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first", the Warriors star said.

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Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala have each expressed similar stances on a White House visit.

"Things are since significantly degraded because of the person who is in office, this comes from the very top (...) As it will be in the position, there will be no progress", he regretted, without naming a single time Trump. "It all comes from who is in the administration", he said. A lot guys with platforms have drove the conversation in a good direction.

Kevin Durant spoke at length about the racial tensions in this country.

That visit, is a ritual for teams who come off of winning a championship the previous season.

The hatred on display in Charlottesville reportedly led Durant to feel "like we took a turn for the worse".

In the first video, James, Durant, and Anthony can be seen working on all facets of their game.


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