Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, West Point public affairs officer, said Noah's decision was disappointing.
"The U.S. Military Academy at West Point develops leaders of character for the defense of our nation," Kasker said. "We are disappointed and feel Mr. Noah's choice of West Point to make a statement is inappropriate because of the great sacrifice that has originated from this institution over our nation's history."
On Twitter, the Knicks tweeted photos late Friday of Noah spending time with the cadets.
By skipping the dinner, Noah said he wasn’t making a statement.
He said he supports athletes using their platforms to call attention to different social issues, as some have done in recent months. His foundation, Noah's Arc, is committed to reducing violence in Chicago and other cities.