Trump honors NCAA champions - with one notable omission
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Nov 19, 2017,
Nov 19, 2017, 2:01
SC women's basketball team, the 2017 NCAA champions, declined President Trump's invite to the White House Friday.
Trump celebrated the Collegiate National Champions of 2016 and 2017. The University of North Carolina men's basketball team, which won the NCAA championship in April, was also prevented from visiting because of scheduling issues. Trump allegedly rescinded the invite after Stephen Curry hesitated with an answer. "Look at that, folks", Trump said, holding up the tie to journalists. Then he asked, "So who is the best shot?"
In May, Washington won its first national championship in women's rowing since 2001 after sweeping all nine of its races - including all three Grand Final races - during the three-day regatta in West Windsor, New Jersey.
The invite for tomorrow's event ultimately came "earlier this month", according to The State, but it seems that it was too late for Staley and her team. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead".
SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House. The feud erupted as Trump was lambasting NFL athletes for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
McKendree was among 18 NCAA programs to be honored at the gathering, which included photo opportunities with Trump throughout the Rose Garden, South Lawn and inside the White House.
"Yeah, I'm going to the White House", she stated.