GOLDEN State Warriors star Kevin Durant has vowed to boycott a visit to the White House if the NBA champions are invited, while accusing US President Donald Trump of escalating racial tensions in the country.
It's tradition for domestic sporting champions to be invited to Washington.
"Nah, I won't do that," the 2017 NBA Finals MVP told ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now...I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that."
Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend when neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups clashed with counter-protesters, Durant said Trump was "definitely driving" racial divisions within the US.
"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," he said. "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."
Durant stressed that his decision was a personal choice.
"That's just me personally, but if I know my guys (teammates) well enough, they'll all agree with me," Durant said.
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