The Cavaliers swingman was asked by Complex magazine if he would join the traditional champions’ White House visit, should Cleveland win a title while Trump is in office. “I’m not going to the White House,” Shumpert replied.
That’s a more declarative statement than one offered by teammate LeBron James, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton in October. About a possible trip to a Trump White House, James said, “We’ll have to cross that road if we get there. We’ll see. I would hope to have to cross that road. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want another championship.”
James made those remarks at the White House shortly after the election, as the Cavs celebrated the title they won in June with a ceremony presided over by President Obama. In a social media post at that time, another Cleveland player, Richard Jefferson, suggested that his squad would be the last to visit the White House for the foreseeable future.
Shumpert offered more remarks on Trump in answer to a different question from Complex, one that had to do with Kanye West’s claim that had he voted, it would have been for the GOP candidate. “I understand people’s stance on Trump,” Shumpert said. “I can’t get caught up in the racial, sexist bulls— 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 [going to] 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.”
In that magazine profile, Shumpert also had some words for Phil Jackson, the Knicks president who traded him to Cleveland (along with J.R. Smith) and who recently earned James’s ire by referring to the superstar player as having a “posse.” Shumpert said, “I think ‘Bron would bust Phil Jackson’s a–. If Phil Jackson was in his prime, playing basketball, ‘Bron would bust his a–. I’m glad Phil Jackson got the rings for Chicago. You traded me away from New York, cool. It’s all business, it’s all love, whatever. But I’m a grown-up now. You not my hero no more.
“The Bulls era is gone, Mike is gone, Pippen is gone, you ain’t coaching the Bulls no more. So, I don’t care what you got to say about ’Bron. I don’t know how conscious he was of that word upsetting LeBron the way it did, but I understand why ’Bron’s heated.”