Sue Bird expects Seattle Storm to join list of White House no-shows

The Storm is not expecting a White House invitation, and they won't go even if one is extended

ESPN spoke with WNBA Champion PG Sue Bird and this is what she had to say about the potential visit.

After winning the league title previous year, the Minnesota Lynx never received a White House invite and chose to hand out shoes to low-income shoes during its trip to the nation's capital this season.

'At this point, it doesn't even really need to be discussed, ' Bird said on Friday, according to the Seattle Times. Everyone knew when everything happened with Steph Curry and LeBron (James) on social media, all that stuff.

Bird referenced the Golden State Warriors, which toured the African-American Museum instead of the White House following its 2017 National Basketball Association title and didn't receive an invitation from Trump after its 2018 championship.

"I'm sure [the president] is going to say we're not invited anyway", Bird told KING5 in Seattle on Thursday, "so it all works out well". He has sparred with Curry and other National Basketball Association players on Twitter.

They did visit the White House after each of the first two, most recently meeting President Barack Obama in 2010.

"I've been really fortunate to go, and it's exciting", Bird said.

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"For what we stand for in Seattle, and what we stand for in the league, I think it's pretty evident that we don't want to go", she said.

Lynx general manager and head coach Cheryl Reeve stated once it became clear that her 2017 championship roster wasn't going to be invited that she believed the administration's views on women played a part in why that was so. "It's totally changed and that's disappointing because it used to be something that most athletes looked forward to".

In 2017, the Minnesota Lynx did not receive a formal invitation from the White House following their championship title run.

This year, Trump canceled a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl win after most of the players decided they'd skip it.

Both NCAA champions in 2017 - the SC women's team and North Carolina men's team - declined White House invitations. "I remember first walking in to meet President Obama and it's like-just the aura-it's insane", Bird continued. It doesn't feel exciting.

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


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