Charles Barkley Says Teams Should Go to White House on ESPN's Mike & Mike

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2017

Charles Barkley arrives at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday, June 26, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley said teams should go to the White House if invited regardless of their political views during an appearance on ESPN's Mike & Mike on Tuesday. 

"I think you should go to the White House. It isn't about the person, it's about the office. That's just my opinion," Barkley said.

Many Golden State Warriors, from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to coach Steve Kerr, have been outspoken in their opposition of Donald Trump. The sitting president has not formally invited the Warriors to the White House yet, but some players have made it clear they're unlikely to go if given the chance.

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that," Durant told Chris Haynes of ESPN. "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Durant said he does not respect Trump, whom he believes is emboldening white supremacists. His comments came not long after Heather Heyer, a counter-protester of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was killed by a motorist who drove into the crowd.

"He's definitely driving it," Durant said of Trump. "I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided, and it's not a coincidence. When [Barack] Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.

"So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn't care about all people, then we won't go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won't see any progress."

Barkley, who was critical of Trump before he defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, said he was willing to give the real estate mogul a chance in November.