Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert stated he won't make a return trip to the White House if his team wins another championship for as long as President-elect Donald Trump holds the highest office in the land.
Karizza Sanchez of Complex spoke with the reserve about a variety of issues and passed along his comments Wednesday. When it came to the topic of Trump and a potential return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after this season, Shumpert's statement was clear.
"I'm not going to the White House," he said.
More specifically, Shumpert expressed concerns to Complex about Trump's controversial remarks and said he believes the next president is "crazy":
I understand people's stance on Trump. I can't get caught up in the racial, sexist bulls--t he's got going on. That's his personal thing, ya dig? But I just don't think he can make anything shake like that. He not finna start no civil war out here. I do think he's crazy—straight up. I think he did that stuff to get people to think he's willing to shake it up. But did I vote for him? No. The other stuff that comes with him, I can't get with. But now that he's here, I'm not finna drag my feet. I gotta work here, at least until the offseason, if I wanna go get a crib in the Islands.
Shumpert and the Cavaliers visited President Barack Obama at the White House earlier in November to celebrate last season's title. The guard became an internet sensation during the meeting for his reaction when staff members quickly moved the lectern off stage.
Ananth Pandian of CBSSports.com captured the moment:
Meanwhile, during the visit, teammate J.R. Smith posted a message on Instagram with a picture of his daughter in front of the White House and his concerns following the election results:
Cavs superstar LeBron James also campaigned for Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, leading up to Election Day. He had previously endorsed Clinton in a piece for Business Insider:
When I look at this year's presidential race, it's clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.
Skipping the White House trip is something that's happened under previous presidents, too. Kate Feldman of the New York Daily News looked into the history of the choice, with Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Larry Bird among those who opted against the visit.
It's unclear whether Smith or James would follow Shumpert's lead in declining the invitation should Cleveland win back-to-back titles, though.