The University of North Carolina’s championship-winning men’s basketball team won’t be visiting the White House this year to celebrate their victory, a spokesman said Saturday, but it reportedly had more to do with scheduling than politics.
According to a report in the The Raleigh News and Observer, after the team received their invitation, they attempted to schedule several possible dates with the Trump administration, to no avail.
“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” a spokesman for the team told the newspaper, noting that they tried about eight or nine dates. “They couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”
The spokesman noted that the team members “were fine with going.”
Team coach Roy Williams has criticized Trump in the past, especially regarding his penchant for tweeting. He had this to say about Trump’s tweeting in April: “Now everybody’s got social media, and we don’t need The New York Times to find out what in the dickens is going on in the country. You know, our president tweets out more bulls–t than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
The UNC Basketball team was willing to go to the White House and meet Trump… I’m disappointed but not surprised.
— Prophet G (@SweetGabriellee) September 23, 2017
News that the team won’t visit the White House comes in the midst of a war of words between President Trump and professional athletes such as NBA star Stephen Curry, who was invited to visit the White House following the Golden State Warriors’ championship victory earlier this year, but then his negative attitude caused Trump to rescind his invitation.
Curry had said he didn’t want to visit the White House.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
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