Golden State Warriors President Marries Longtime Partner

Rick Welts and Todd Gage get married in San Francisco (image via Twitter)

Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts married his longtime partner, Todd Gage, on Friday.

With San Francisco Mayor London Breed officiating the ceremony, the couple (together for nine years) said their I do’s.

In 2011, Welts became the first senior sports executive to come out as gay. In 2018, he was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Champs, Will Not Be Visiting The White House

The Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Champions, announced today they will not be visiting the White House.

Instead, they will use their trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate “equality, diversity, and inclusion.”

Via press release:

While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.

We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.

In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion – the values that we embrace as an organization.

Golden State Warriors Vote Unanimously To Skip White House Visit

President Obama with Golden State Warriors at White House in 2015

Via The Independent:

The 2017 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors unanimously decided as a team not to meet Donald Trump in the White House, as is custom for winning teams. The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to seal the hard-fought series 4-1.

It is the second championship for the California team in three years, and the third consecutive NBA finals series between the two teams. The Warriors attended the White House ceremony in their honour when they won the championship in 2015 while former President Barack Obama was in office. The Cavaliers did the same last year.