Athletes have passed on White House celebrations of their victories, sometimes for political reasons, sometimes for reasons they don’t disclose.
Apparently President Trump likes to get out in front of that. Last year, he uninvited Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors. This year, he uninvited the entire Philadelphia Eagles team.
Remember this tweet?
And this year:
The Eagles and Warriors aren’t the only White House no-shows
- Some New England Patriots players declined the invite in 2017, including Tom Brady (who also skipped in 2015 when Obama was in office, and LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long and Martellus Bennett.
- Larry Bird, from the Boston Celtics, missed the party with Ronald Reagan in 1984.
- Michael Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, passed on a trip to the White House to see President George Bush in 1991.
- Manny Ramirez was a no-show in 2007, after winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
- James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers, skipped a visit with Bush and one with Obama.