The Warriors didn’t visit the White House after winning the NBA’s two championships since Donald Trump became president. The WNBA’s WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx didn’t attend a White House ceremony last year, either.
This year’s WNBA champion, the Seattle Storm, won’t break the trend.
Sue Bird, via Kevin Pelton of ESPN:
“At this point, it doesn’t even really need to be discussed,” Bird said. “It’s come up. We paid attention to what happened with Minnesota not getting invited. Everyone knew when everything happened with Steph Curry and LeBron (James) on social media, all that stuff. We all pay attention and we watch.
“So it wasn’t an actual conversation where we sat down and said, ‘Hey guys, what do you want to do if this happens?’ First of all, we wouldn’t have, because you can’t do that until you win. You don’t want any bad juju. But I think it’s safe to say we all kind of were on the same page with that.”
Trump probably wasn’t going to invite the team, anyway. But if he were considering it, Bird’s comments will probably shut that down. Trump doesn’t want to be rejected.
At this point, it seems highly unlikely any NBA or WNBA champion will visit the White House while Trump remains in office.