It is tradition for the President of the United States to invite championship-winning teams to the White House to honor their accomplishments. Of course, this administration has done anything but the norm, and that is once again the case when it comes to the national champion in women’s college basketball.
According to TIME, the president has yet to extend an invitation to the South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team.
Head coach Dawn Staley says the decision “speaks volumes” about the current administration.
“We haven’t gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes,” Staley said. “We won before those other teams won their championships. I don’t know what else has to happen.
“I haven’t talked to anyone about it. I got bigger fish to fry than worry about an invitation.”
If the Gamecocks are not invited to the White House, it would be the first time since 1983 that the NCAA women’s champion has not been invited to the White House.
Of course, even if they were invited, there’s no guarantee the Gamecocks would go.
In recent weeks, the president revoked an invitation to the Golden State Warriors because Stephen Curry made critical comments, before the North Carolina men’s basketball team said they would be turning down their invitation.
South Carolina, meanwhile, may never have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves if the president breaks from tradition — which we’ve come to expect during his tumultuous presidency thus far.
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