Teams from different sports fields have been asked the question of whether they would visit the White House to celebrate their championship now that Donald Trump is residing there. The ladies of South Carolina are the latest to turn down the White House visit.
The White House was informed that the South Carolina Gamecocks, the 2016-2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champions, would not be making the trip. When asked why, Coach Dawn Staley let everyone know where the team’s mindset was.
“We did hear from the White House about attending [Friday’s] event, but we will not be able to attend,” Staley said in release issue by the school. “As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”
The White House is holding Collegiate National Champions Day on Friday. The Florida baseball team is among those that will be honored. South Carolina has a game on Sunday, with a practice scheduled for Friday.
Trump sparred with professional athletes earlier this year when NBA star Stephen Curry said his championship-winning Golden State Warriors didn’t wish to meet with Trump. The feud erupted as Trump was lambasting NFL athletes for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
North Carolina’s men’s basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit.
Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers football team at the White House in June.