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UVA’s Men’s Basketball Teams to Skip White House Celebration

"With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together..."

By NTK Staff | 04.29.2019 @2:00pm
UVA’s Men’s Basketball Teams to Skip White House Celebration


The University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team will be skipping out on celebrating their national championship at the White House with President Trump, according to a statement released on Friday by their head coach Tony Bennett.

CNN reported that Bennett released a statement saying that his team intends to decline an invitation to go to the White House “because several players are pursuing opportunities beyond their time at UVA.”

“With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation,” Bennett said in a statement.

Under former President Barack Obama, sports teams who won their championships usually attended a White House celebration in their honor. But under the Trump administration, many of those teams have elected to skip out on such a celebration.

The Golden State Warriors for the second straight year elected not to meet with President Trump, instead choosing to meet with Obama while they were in D.C. to play the Washington Wizards earlier this year.

Several of the New England Patriots players said that they, too, would forgo attending a ceremony at Trump’s White House after winning the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl in February.

However, some teams like the Washington Capitals have gone to the White House to celebrate their championship.

The Baylor women’s basketball team, who won the women’s national championship earlier this month, announced last week that they “would be attending a ceremony at the White House on Monday that will include Trump.

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