Reporters Spread False Rumor That Golden State Warriors Will Refuse Trump Invite

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A tweet claiming that the NBA champion Golden State Warriors would refuse to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House went viral Tuesday, despite presenting zero evidence.

Stockbroker and CNBC personality Josh Brown tweeted that the Warriors would skip the White House visit, citing "reports." He said the team made a "unanimous" decision on the issue.

When asked which reports he was alluding to, Brown said that he had seen verified Twitter accounts making the claim. But when pressed, he admitted he could not find those tweets again and wondered if they had been deleted.

Later, Brown cited a tweet from a self-described "world's top celebrity expert" as evidence.

But that tweet was sent at 8:00 a.m. ET while Brown's message was sent at 7:10 a.m. ET, making it impossible for it to have been Brown's source.

Despite the lack of attribution, sports and politics websites seized on Brown's tweet and ran with it. The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Vogue, and Newsweek all spread the story.

Some outlets treated the story as merely a rumor, but others did not. NBC Sports reported simply that the "Warriors will skip White House visit," while the Independent reported that the "NBA Champions Golden State [sic] unanimously decide they will not be visiting White House."

Liberals on Twitter got in on the act as well, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

The Warriors themselves seemed to finally put the issue to rest, sending out a press release saying the team had not even been invited to the White House yet and would make a decision once they had.