The Toronto Raptors become the newest NBA champion team to reject a visit to the White House with President Donald Trump, according to star shooter Danny Green.
The 32-year-old veteran discussed the issue during the last episode of his own podcast & # 39; Inside the Green Room & # 39; with co-host Harrison Sanford, who asked Green if he and the Raptors would accept an invitation to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after winning their historic NBA Final.
& # 39; I just don't think we accept that, & # 39; said Green. & # 39; I find it a difficult no. & # 39;
The victory of the RBA of 13 June over the NBA Finals is the first championship for the Canadian franchise, which began in 1995 as the first and only international expansion team in the competition.
Toronto Raptors shoot guard Danny Green (right) said the ruling NBA champions are likely to reject a visit to the White House with President Donald Trump
Green told on his own podcast Saturday, co-host Harrison Sanford, & I don't think we & # 39; accept a hypothetical Trump White House invitation
Green is an American who grew up in Long Island, New York, not far from Trumps hometown New York City, but although he does not want to meet Trump, he says he would like a ceremonial meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
& # 39; I'm looking forward to it & # 39 ;, Green said about the visit to Trudeau and the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. & # 39; They are other things that I also look forward to … just to see how (Trudeau) works, its atmosphere, work. His child is a big fan. His son, he says I'm his favorite. I don't know if that's true or not, but (Trudeau) said it for the team. & # 39;
Unlike Trudeau, Trump has verbally attacked many of the most popular athletes in his country since becoming a politician.
The president has been sentenced for questioning the intelligence of NBA star Lebron James and following former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, referring to him and other professional footballers kneeling in protest for racism and police violence during pre-game folk song performances as sons from their team of bitches.
Trump has been convicted of his public political attacks on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other pro-football players kneeling in protest for racism and police violence during the front matches of their national anthem performances
Trump questioned the intelligence of NBA star Lebron James in August after James spoke critically about the president during a CNN interview with Don Lemon
These comments have made Trump a pariah among many pro athletes, including Green, James and Golden State Warriors stars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
& # 39; I try to respect everyone in every area they do, no matter how crazy things are & # 39 ;, Green continued in his podcast convo. & # 39; (Trump) makes it very difficult. He makes it very difficult to respect how he deals with things and does things. & # 39;
In May, MLB champion Houston Astros opposed the recent trend that champion teams beat each other and shook hands with the president, a tradition dating back to 1865, according to ESPN.
The 201 Bowl Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have not set a date before their expected visit to the White House, according to the Boston Globe, even though Trump is friends with team owner Bob Kraft and star quarterback Tom Brady.
Several players in the capitals of Washington, including star goalie Braden Holtby, a Canadian national, skipped the team meeting with Trump in February after the first ever NHL Stanley Cup championship election in June 2018
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 2019 have not set a date for their expected visit to the White House, even though Trump is friends with team owner Bob Kraft and star quarterback Tom Brady
Brady was one of more than a dozen Patriots players who retained their team's visit to the White House after their 2017 Super Bowl victory.
The Philadelphia Eagles canceled their planned visit to the White House to meet the president in June 2018.
Several players in the capitals of Washington, including star goalie Braden Holtby, a Canadian, missed their team's meeting with Trump in March after the first ever NHL Stanley Cup championship election in June 2018.
Holtby told CNN him and his wife's support for LGBTQ rights in his decision not to meet Trump.
& # 39; For me it's just a personal matter. "I believe in what I believe, and to adhere to those values, I think I should do what I think is right," Holtby said.
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