Bird: Storm players have no interest in WH visit

Seattle Storm Sue Bird

Seattle Storm Sue Bird

Bird used The Players' Tribune's Twitter account where her preview "So I Broke My F*cking Nose (and 16 Other Things That I Want You to Know Before the WNBA Finals)" was published to point out that the "B" in WNBA stood for basketball.

In 2017, the Minnesota Lynx did not receive a formal invitation from the White House following their championship title run. "It's totally changed and that's disappointing because it used to be something that most athletes looked forward to".

The non-invite came after President Trump withdrew an invitation for the 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House following Curry's comments to ESPN that he would vote against accepting the invitation.

WNBA championship winning teams frequently visited the White House under former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. I remember first walking in to meet President Obama and it's like - just the aura - it's insane.

Bird, who also made the trip to the White House after the second of her two NCAA championships at UConn, said the invitation no longer carries the same honor.

The Seattle Storm won't be waiting by the mailbox for an invitation to the traditional champions' visit to the White House. It doesn't feel exciting.

"It's a huge disappointment", said Bird, an 11-time All-Star. "But I think it's safe to say we all kind of were on the same page with that", Bird continued.

Trump has hosted several professional and collegiate teams since taking office, including the 2017 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the World Series champion Houston Astros and Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins. This year, he canceled a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl win after most of the players decided they'd skip it. I don't see many people that are going to accept the invitation if they get one'.

The South Carolina women's basketball team and the North Carolina men's basketball team, which won NCAA titles in 2017, declined White House invitations.

Neither 2018 NCAA champions - Notre Dame women's team and Villanova men's team - have not been invited this year.

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