President Joe Biden recently sent his praise to LSU Tigers women’s basketball captain Angel Reese for her incredible victory in the NCAA Championship.
Just last week, the LSU Tigers took home a national title over Iowa’s women’s basketball program. Traditionally, the winners of the NCAA Championship are offered an opportunity to visit the White House and meet the president. However, Reese didn’t feel inclined to accept the invitation after Jill Biden said both finalists should be able to visit the nation’s capital.
“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do,” Jill, who watched the championship game, said. The First Lady proceeded to suggest, “We hope LSU will come but, you know, I’m going to tell Joe [Biden] I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”
Traditionally, the visit is only offered to the winning team. With this being said, Reese wasn’t too happy that Jill proposed this sudden change to the rule. In fact, the basketball star relayed during her appearance on the I Am Athlete podcast that she would not be attending the White House if an invitation is offered to her team.
However, University spokesman Michael Bonnette went on to confirm LSU’s acceptance to the White House on Friday to the Associated Press.
Joe Biden personally speaks to Angel Reese over championship victory
The White House press pool also went on to confirm Biden personally congratulated the LSU Tigers and specifically “called LSU Tigers player Angel Reese to congratulate her on LSU’s historic season and championship win.”
Additionally, the United States president spoke to women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey and left a message for UConn Huskies men’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley, “to congratulate them on their respective championship victories and invite them to the White House,” the press pool said.
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With this being said, Reese opened up about her decision to accept the White House offer, despite her initial decision to refuse. “In the beginning, we were hurt — it was emotional because we know how hard we worked all year for everything,” she began.
“You don’t get that experience [to go to the White House] ever, and I know my team probably wants to go for sure and my coaches are supportive of that, so I’m going to do what’s best for the team, and we’ve decided we’re going to go,” Reese continued. “I’m a team player. I’m going to do what’s best for the team. I’m the captain.”
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