That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Who cares if the Warriors go or do not go to the White House?

June 18, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

AP Photo File: The last time the Golden State Warriors went to the White House they were met by President Barack Obama who welcomed the 2015 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry The Golden State Warriors visit the White House, Washington DC, America – 04 Feb 2016 (Rex Features via AP Images)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

The Golden State Warriors had their second Victory parade in the past three seasons. With another sensational season they reign as champions of the NBA again. Some now, with nothing else to talk about the Warriors, turn their attention to “if they are accepting the White House invitation to attend”. Maybe we have ran out of stories about the NBA Champions and this is all we have left, right?

First of all, it is not law that every team that wins a championship is forced to attend the White House. Second. The White House is the house of the people, it represents our democracy, it doesn’t belong to the President who is serving as the particular time a team is invited to attend. Third. It is just a symbolic recognition that the whole country congratulates and celebrates the champions.

I for one like to keep sports and politics separated; like ‘church and state’. They are totally different, as they should be. There is no other country in this world like ours. Where I was born you do not have the right of going into the streets and demonstrate against the government. And there are others just like that, its one of the reasons I came to the US when I was 17 years of age in 1961.

It doesn’t bother me when people express themselves. This is America. I didn’t like the way that Colin Kaepernick did not stand up for the National Anthem prior to 49ers games, but I respect his right to do it. By the way it is also not a law that a player must stand for the Anthem. It is done out of respect for our country and the people that have died so we can enjoy this freedom.

Patriotism doesn’t endorses any particular cause or political believe. It is something that represents how proud we are to be Americans.

I (for one) am not losing any sleep thinking if the Warriors go, or do not go to the White House. I believe it should be voluntary, a team should never tell their players not to go, or to go. It should be (as it has been under every President) a personal decision by the player. I do believe one of the reasons why our country is strong is because of individualism.

So for those that worry if the Warriors go this year to the White House, I say “get a life”.

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