Basketball star Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Trump at the White House should his team get an invite.
“Nah, I won’t do that,” he told ESPN Thursday in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. “I don’t respect who’s in the office right now.”
“I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me.”
Twitter users on Friday debated the merits of Durant’s stance, which he said do not reflect an organizational decision by the Golden State Warriors.
If Kevin Durant and the Warriors can't grow up and visit the White House and Trump then they are just a bunch of gutless cry babies— Caden Keplinger (@C_Keplinger_2) August 18, 2017
I applaud Kevin Durant's decision not to attend the White House visit.— Rodney Dapilmoto (@rjdapilmoto1967) August 18, 2017
A White House visit is a traditional ritual for professional sports franchise coming off a championship season.
The Warriors won a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship during the 2016-17 season, with Durant being named the 2017 NBA Finals MVP afterwards.
The Washington Wizards are scheduled to host the Warriors at home Feb. 28, but the White House has not offered a formal invite to the defending league champions.
Durant said Trump is partially responsible for escalating racial tensions in the U.S. and a resurgence in white supremacy.
“He’s definitely driving it,” he said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided, and it’s not a coincidence.”
“When [former President Barack] Obama was in office, things were looking up,” Durant added.
“We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.”
Durant added that Trump’s leaderships suggest that America will not progress until the president leaves office.
“Leadership trickles down to the rest of us,” he said. “So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we wont’ go anywhere as a country.”
“In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress,” the NBA small forward added.