US Vice President Kamala Harris refused to join her boss Joe Biden in sinking to her knees in what turned into an awkward photo opportunity with the country’s leading basketball team.
The President and VP Harris were welcoming NBA champions San Francisco’s The Golden State Warriors to the White House in Washington DC
At the meeting, Mr Biden and Ms Harris appeared to be discussing how the photo was going to be taken, reported Fox News.
The President then bent down on one knee.
Coach Steve Kerr can be seen saying, “No,” and shaking his right hand to wave him off. The president smiled, and the vice president laughed as he was on one knee.
But she wasn’t keen to do the gesture herself.
“I’m not doing that,” Ms Harris said with a smile.
Ms Harris then moved in between Warriors superstar Steph Curry and veteran Andre Iguodala as the photos were taken.
The Warriors celebrated their latest NBA championship after spurning President Trump in 2017 and 2018.
“On behalf of the Warriors, I want to thank President Biden and Vice President Harris for the invitation to come to the White House today to celebrate our championship from a year ago,” Mr Kerr said at a White House press briefing.
“It’s a great reminder of how lucky we are to be Americans, to live in a country where we can chase our dreams and enjoy the fruits of our labour and the celebration of all those around us.”
Mr Kerr said he participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House about gun violence and gun safety, a topic he has been outspoken about in the past.
“Over the last hour or so, we learned a lot about what this administration is doing to help create a safer environment in our country,” Mr Kerr added.
“Something that’s very close to my heart. And it’s wonderful for me to learn a lot more than I knew.”
Mr Curry, who was voted as the NBA Finals most valuable player award for the first time, thanked the administration for getting WNBA star Brittney Griner back to the United States after her February arrest at a Moscow airport.
“A great opportunity for us from the basketball community to thank President Biden and his staff for all their hard work and diligence on getting Brittney Griner home,” Mr Curry said Tuesday.
“It means a lot to know that she’s here, at home safe with her family. And all the work that went on behind the scenes to make that a reality.”
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