The NBA finals came to a dramatic conclusion this week as the resolute Toronto Raptors battled their way to victory over an injury-stricken Golden State Warriors squad to win their first championship in franchise history.
In the wake of the victory, non-Warrior basketball fans were largely torn between exuberance at the abrupt end of the Warriors’ years-long stranglehold over the league (they’ve been to the finals for the past five years straight, winning three of them) and the confusing situation of having a Canadian team take the top spot in an American league.
Traditionally, the victorious champions pay a visit to the White House and are honored by the American president, but in recent years fewer and fewer players from all sports have been making the trip to D.C. in protest of the president’s unabashed racism and his public feuds with African-American athletes.
The Mayor of Ottowa, Canada, took to Twitter to help the Raptors solve their to-visit-or-not-to-visit conundrum: just visit the Canadian parliament instead!
— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) June 14, 2019
So far, there’s been no response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s account, but we’re sure he would relish the chance to congratulate the Raptors and send a little jab at the American president, who has been as unnecessarily and uncomfortably hostile in his dealing with our northern neighbors as he has with the rest of America’s allies.
The Toronto Raptors would likely enjoy having to avoid an awkward visit to Washington, where Trump would inevitably hog their spotlight for himself before serving them fast food.
They do risk earning themselves an angry Twitter outburst from the president, who takes it very personally when teams don’t visit the White House, but that’s a small price to pay to avoid having to associate with a man who called black NFL players “sons of bitches” and publicly insulted basketball legend LeBron James.
Make the right choice, Raptors!