Trump’s White House invite snubbed by South Carolina women’s basketball champs
Trump’s White House invite snubbed by South Carolina women’s basketball champs

South Carolina women’s basketball team, the 2017 NCAA champions, declined President Trump’s invite to the White House Friday.

The White House said 18 NCAA teams would attend the college sports championship gathering at the executive mansion.

However, Dawn Staley, the head coach of the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks, said the team would be unable to attend.

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“We did hear from the White House about attending (Friday’s) event, but we will not be able to attend,” Staley said in a statement. “As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”

The South Carolina women’s basketball team has declined President Trump’s invite to the White House. Third Party Capture

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley answers questions during the Southeastern Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day in Nashville, Tenn.  President Donald Trump is set to host collegiate sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, Nov. 17, but the South Carolina women's basketball team will not be attending after declining an invitation."We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend," coach Staley said in a statement Thursday night.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
Dawn Staley, the coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks said her team would not be going to the White House Friday. (AP)

After the Gamecocks won the NCAA title in April, Staley said the team would go to the White House if invited because “it’s what it stands for. It’s what national champions do.”

In September, Staley told The Associated Press she still had not received an invitation from the White House “and that in itself speaks volumes.”

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Staley said if the team received an invite they may not attend after “some things transpired over the last few months,” ESPN reported.

In September, Trump rescinded Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House after his team won the NBA championship. Trump took away the invite after Curry suggested his team did not wish to meet with Trump.

The Warriors announced that they would not go to the White House to meet with Trump following the rescinded invitation.

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North Carolina’s men’s basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit. Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers football team at the White House in June.

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