Championship Basketball Team Will Not Attend Trump’s White House (DETAILS)


Yet another championship sports team won’t be making the traditional White House trip, but something about the reasoning given is fishy. Citing alleged “scheduling problems,” North Carolina’s championship basketball team has called off the proposed trip.

According to the News & Observer, the head coach for the UNC Tarheels, Roy Williams, stated that they “couldn’t work out a date,” and for that reason the trip was canceled.

However, it seems more likely that’s a face-saving statement to put the best public face on the situation. In the past, Roy Williams has been critical of White House occupant Donald Trump, especially when it comes to his tweeting habits, saying “You know, our president tweets out more bullshit than anybody I’ve ever seen.”

The timing is especially suspicious. Donald Trump is making headlines right now for an ongoing feud with several black sports stars. On Friday, he called Colin Kaepernick a “son of a bitch,” and said that any player who chooses to protest police violence by kneeling during the anthem should be fired.

Then, when Stephen Curry and Keven Durant of the Golden State Warriors (who won the NBA championship) said they would not be going on the White House trip, Trump childishly rescinded the offer to the entire team, tweeting “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!” on Saturday morning.

Trump behavior has earned him widespread condemnation and ridicule, with everyone from LeBron James, to Colin Kaepernick’s mom, to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell letting him know how out of line he was. Unfortunately, as usual he has learned nothing: He has continued to double down on his stance, ranting on Twitter like a racist uncle who’s had one too many. That’s why it seems somewhat likely that when coach Roy Williams says they “couldn’t work out a date,” there may just be a bit more to it.

Williams even hastily went on to say the players “were fine with going.” “Fine with going” doesn’t exactly scream enthusiasm, now does it? You can watch comments by coach Roy Williams below:

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