Louisiana State University women’s basketball star Angel Reese recently expressed opposition to Jill Biden’s suggestion that both teams from the NCAA championship game get an invitation to the White House.
On April 3rd, the First Lady of the United States Jill Biden watched from the stands at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sunday night the LSU Tigers defeat Iowa in a 102-85 victory.
Historically, the winners of this championship title are invited to the White House for the opportunity to meet the president. However, the First Lady suggested this tradition be overturned and invited both Louisiana and Iowa’s basketball programs.
“Congratulations to both teams. I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do,” Biden said. “So, we hope LSU will come. But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”
Tigers coach Kim Mulkey went on to confirm that she would go to the White House if her team receives an invitation, but some of her players were outwardly outspoken about Biden’s suggestion to include Iowa in the event. Angel Reese, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, took to Twitter to share her opinion on the matter.
With a link to an ESPN article that reported Biden’s idea, Reese wrote on social media, “A JOKE.” on the third of April. After the tweet was sent, many showed support for the college basketball star.
Many people agree with Angel Reese; the White House celebration should be reserved for LSU
“I mean absolutely zero disrespect to the First Lady, but you are 1000% correct,” ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith tweeted in response to Reese’s initial post. “That is a bad suggestion. Runner-ups don’t get invited to the White House. Why are we trying to change it now?”
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Even Caitlin Clark, a standout player from Iowa, believes the moment should be seized by only the champion team.
“I don’t think runner-ups usually go to the White House. I think LSU should enjoy that moment for them,” Clark explained, according to TODAY.com. “They deserve to go there (to the White House). Maybe I can go to the White House on different terms but you know, that’s for LSU.”
After Reese’s post to Twitter, the First Lady’s team announced that the suggestion was not going to happen. “Her comments in Colorado were intended to applaud the historic game and all women athletes,” Vanessa Valdivia, press secretary to the first lady, relayed on April 4th. “She looks forward to celebrating the LSU Tigers on their championship win at the White House.”
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