LeBron James would not visit the White House when President Trump was in office, and he won’t visit Joe Biden there either, at least for now.
Citing NBA Covid restrictions and scheduling conflicts, the Lakers will not visit the White House when they play the Wizards in Washington later this month, USA Today reports.
After 2016, White House visits became a contentious political issue as the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia Eagles, and other pro and college teams snubbed White House invites in protest of Trump.
Biden’s election was hailed by activist NBA stars such as Steph Curry and LeBron James.
After Biden gained the presidency, Steph Curry tweeted at James: “Yoooo @KingJames y’all can go to the White House and celebrate y’all title G!”
While champions from the major pro and collegiate sports leagues typically visit the White House to be honored for their achievements, no such visit has taken place since 2016, when LeBron James, then a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, made the trip to visit President Obama.