NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressed disappointment that the Golden State Warriors will not visit the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA title in a statement released Saturday evening.
“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's statement reads.
"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."
The NBA Players Association released this statement on Saturday in support of free speech for NBA players.
Trump tweeted Saturday to withdraw the White House invitation from the Warriors in response to Stephen Curry telling ESPN on Friday that he didn't want to visit the White House because of disagreements with the president's policies.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The Warriors also released a statement Saturday similar to Silver and the NBAPA's remarks.
The tweet from Trump about Curry — plus other tweets Saturday that were critical of NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem — prompted widespread criticism from athletes throughout the day on Saturday. Most notably, LeBron James called Trump a "bum."