Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry and coach Steve Kerr spoke at a White House press briefing on Tuesday, January 17, ahead of a ceremony to honor the team’s 2022 NBA championship.
Both Curry and Kerr thanked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their invitation to the White House.
“We want to thank President Biden and Vice President Harris for the invitation to come here. It’s something that we don’t ever take for granted,” Curry said.
“To have this opportunity to reflect on the accomplishment last year, to bring everybody together to celebrate that, to also acknowledge the place sports has in bringing people together from all walks of life, all backgrounds… it means a lot,” Curry added.
In 2017 former President Donald Trump rescinded his invitation to the Golden State Warriors, citing Steph Curry’s hesitation to the “great honor.”
The Golden State Warriors responded, saying they were disappointed that they did not have an opportunity to share their views or have an open dialogue.
Curry also thanked the White House administration for their work in bringing Brittney Griner home. “It means a lot to know that she’s here and home safe with her family,” Curry said. Credit: The White House via Storyful
STEVE KERR: Thank you so much for having us today. On behalf of the Warriors, I want to thank President Biden and Vice President Harris for the invitation to come to the White House today to celebrate our championship from a year ago. It's a great reminder of how lucky we are to be Americans, to live in a country where we can chase our dreams.
We go to take part in a roundtable on gun violence and gun safety with some senior White House staffers, along with Klay Thompson and Moses Moody. Over the last hour or so, we learned a lot about what this administration is doing to help create a safer environment in our country. It's something that's very close to my heart and it's wonderful for me to learn a lot more than I knew.
So coming in today, it's a great day on many fronts. So thanks for the invitation. And I'm going to turn it over to Mr. Curry.
STEPH CURRY: Thanks, coach. Echo what he said-- I want to thank President Biden and Vice President Harris for the invitation to come here. It's something that we don't ever take for granted. Seven years ago, I believe, we were here last celebrating our first championship, and now back to celebrate our fourth.
So to have this opportunity to reflect on the accomplishment last year, to bring everybody together to celebrate that, to also acknowledge the place sports has in bringing people together from all walks of life, all backgrounds, to provide inspiration, hope, love, togetherness-- and that's what our journey was last year. So to have another opportunity to celebrate that means a lot-- and a great opportunity for us from the basketball community to thank President Biden and his staff for all their hard work and diligence in getting Brittney Griner home, who is a big part of our basketball family.
And it means a lot to know that she's here, and home safe with her family, and all the work that went on behind the scenes to make that a reality. So I just want to say thank you there. And I'm very excited to be here and celebrate the day, celebrate with our families.
And I appreciate the invitation. This is truly, truly special. So thank you to everybody.
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Thank you, guys. Thank you so much. Thank you, guys.
STEPH CURRY: Thank y'all.
STEVE KERR: Thanks.
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Thank you so much.