Biden spoke about Antetokounmpo’s humble upbringing before he rose to fame in the NBA. Antetokounmpo, who was born in Greece to Nigerian immigrants, said he got emotional as he told his story to Biden after the ceremony. He was also proud that the President highlighted the activism of him and his colleagues.
“What we did was never done in the game,” he said. “I’m proud of my teammates that we were able to be in the locker room, talk about it, give our opinion. … I was able to take a stand for what I believe in.”
The sitting president, regardless of party, often honors the major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, usually in nonpartisan cases in which the commander in chief pays tribute to the champs’ skill, for photographs. Comes prepared and comes with team jersey.
But the celebratory tour became highly charged during the Trump presidency as many athletes took issue with Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, did not take kindly to his on-field expressions of criticism of athletes or political opinion.
Bucks co-owner Mark Larry, a billionaire hedge fund manager, is a major Democratic donor.
His son and the team’s senior vice president, Alex Larry, is on vacation as he races in a crowded race for the Democratic nomination for one of Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seats, which Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, holds. giving a chance to take