The Golden State Warriors will skip the traditional post-championship visit to the White House. It’s a done deal, according to single tweet from a CNBC analyst, Joshua M. Brown, a financial advisor and CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, who attributed the news to “reports.”
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) June 13, 2017
The problem is, at the time of Brown’s tweet, there were no other “reports” from NBA Oracle Adrian Wojnarowski or any of the other information merchants, not from the army of ESPN reporters in attendance, nor from any of the Warriors beat writers for him to quote. The reports finish not exist.
Reached for comment, Brown said via Twitter DM that this tweet from Mike Sington, the former director of operations at Universal Studios, was the basis for his claim. According to Brown, he saw Sington’s “exclusive” as well as similar tweets being shared by verified accounts, so, “I added ‘per reports’ because [it] didn’t seem to be confirmed anywhere.” he said.
A few minutes later, Sington also tweeted, also without attribution and again claiming an “exclusive,” that NBC would be pulling Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones. Sington did not respond to a request for comment. A search of Sington’s timeline shows many so-called “scoops” that are unsourced and amount to him playing a guessing game.
As to why Sington might hold decided to toss out this bit of idle speculation, a Twitter search reveals a slew of fans wondering whether the Warriors will be the first team to bail on the president in the hours following the team’s 129-120 win in game five, including Sports Illustrated’s media reporter, Richard Deitsch, who made this promise.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 13, 2017
Imaginary reports or not, it didn’t stop Shaun King and DeRay McKesson from giving the myth a serious sign boost, while Twitter itself lumped total the chatter into a Twitter moment 30 minutes after Brown’s initital tweet.
The Golden State Warriors voted unanimously to skip their entire visit to Donald Trump’s White House.
As woke as any team in sports.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 13, 2017
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 13, 2017
From there, the Atlanta Journal-structure, Uproxx, ProBasketballTalk, ProFootballTalk, Vibe, The Independent, Daily Kos, the recent York Daily News, and many other outlets total ran with the myth, based solely on Brown’s say so, and without seeking out confirmation from the team itself. Raw myth did include an embedded tweet from a reporter with ABC’s affiliate station in the Bay Area, saying the team was declining to comment and The Hill was nice enough to add a question note to its headline, “Will NBA champion Warriors skip White House visit?” and note that “it was unclear what reports [Brown] was citing.”
But the opinion that the Warriors, in the midst of guzzling down champagne would acquire the time to engage in a serious and lengthy debate, requires at least a raised eyebrow. You’d believe that whether they’d arrive to this conclusion, unanimously, intellect you, at least one of the plugged-in NBA reporters would hold gotten wind of the news or at least would hold verified Brown’s “reporting.”
certain, it’s not only possible but likely that some percentage or even total of the Warriors will not recede to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a protracted photo op. However, Brown and Signton’s unfounded speculation approximately what transpired in the Warriors’ locker room late final night is hardly proof, even whether one accounts for the fact that many of the Warriors hold been open in their criticism of the president.
Head coach Steve Kerr, whose father was murdered by terrorists in Beirut, has not let up since election night. Kerr called Trump’s stalled Muslim Ban a “shocking and horrible opinion,” adding, “You want to solve terrorism? You want to solve crime? This is not the way to finish it.” In May, he described Trump as a “blowhard” who “has no regard for compassion or empathy.”
Even a politics-averse athlete like Stephen Curry couldn’t resist getting in a shot. After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called Trump a “real asset,” Curry countered, “I agree with that description, whether you remove the ‘et’.”
But it’s going to acquire more than an unsubstantiated early-morning viral tweet before anyone can say for certain. And whether you’re wondering how bullshit like this can gain traction, well, it’s because a worthy many people, including high-profile individuals like King and McKesson, would very much like it to be just. Even whether the myth does turn out to be just, in its present form, it’s speculative nonsense being peddled by unsourced entities.
Vocativ reached out to the Warriors but did not receive a response prior to publication. We will update this myth whether they choose to comment.
UPDATE: The Warriors hold released a statement confirming that no decision has been made approximately a possible White House visit.
Official statement from the Warriors pic.twitter.com/59PmJ9IflX
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 13, 2017