The NBA champion Golden State Warriors famously waffled on whether or not to attend a ceremony at the White House in 2017.
President Trump then told them their invitation was rescinded.
Teams from other sports have turned down offers to meet with Trump, as well, such as the NCAA Women’s basketball champion South Carolina Gamecocks.
The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins did visit the White House after the whole Warriors fiasco.
Now the World Series-winning Houston Astros have announced whether they will be accepting Trump’s White House invite.
And their decision is sending a loud message to professional athletes all across the nation, especially those in the NFL who have made it their duty to disparage Trump with everything they do.
Astros’ business operations chief Reid Ryan told the Chronicle that the team plans to attend: “When the White House calls and invites you to come up, it’s something that as an organization we felt both a responsibility and an obligation to be part of.”
The easy-going RSVP stands apart from invites given to the winners of other major sports championships, namely the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals.
Although Ryan accepted the White House offer and the team is trying to schedule a date for a visit, individual Astros players or staff could still decide to decline the trip.
ESPN’s Max Kellerman, who also calls prizefights for HBO, slammed the Astros for accepting the invite to head to the White House.
This is embarrassing.
Kellerman responded, “It says they’re making a grave error and they’re on the wrong side of history. And I want to be very clear about this: This has nothing to do with where on the political spectrum you fall, left or right. Nothing. It’s not about being progressive or conservative or Democrat or Republican or winning or losing that’s not what this is about. elections. I say what I say because what has gone on in this administration is abnormal and must not be normalized.”
“To do anything to normalize what is going on right now has nothing to do with being a Republican or a Democrat or who you’re rooting for politically,” he continued. “It has to do with equal protection under the law and constitutionality and being a patriotic American citizen. You do not normalize this behavior with White House visits. Period.”
Loser says what, Max? Get a grip.
Barack Obama tore the nation apart for eight years and divided Americans on racial grounds, yet teams still visited him.
Because Trump tweets silly things at times means championship-winning teams should not do what championship-winning teams have done for decades?
What say you about the economy, Max? The stock market reaching record highs? ISIS on the run? Unemployment way down?
Max, take note: It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.
If Trump cured cancer tomorrow the left would still attack him for not doing it yesterday.
The president can’t win, and yet, that’s all he keeps doing!
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]