A North Carolina Tar Heels team spokesman said the 2016-17 national champion men’s basketball team will not visit the White House, according to Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer.
The team spokesman, Steve Kirschner, said that President Donald Trump did invite the Tar Heels to the White House, but “they couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties.”
Kirschner also said that “we would have liked to have gone, but (are) not going” and the Tar Heels players “were fine with going.”
“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” he said. “We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”
Kirschner added that UNC’s players “were fine with going.”
In March, UNC head coach Roy Williams ripped President Trump’s social media habits, saying “our president tweets out more bullshit than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
Williams after a UNC victory during the ACC tournament in March spoke out about the president’s Twitter habits. At the time, Williams was answering a question about the advantages of playing the tournament in New York City, and Williams’ answer led him to social media — and particulary the president’s use of it.
“It used to be much more so than I think it is now,” he said then. “Now everybody’s has got social media, and we don’t need The New York Times to find out what in the dickens is going on in the country. You know, our president tweets out more bullshit than anybody I’ve ever seen. We’ve got social media.”
The news of UNC not attending the White House comes on the same weekend that much of the sports world has spoken out against Trump, following his comments about “son of a bitch” NFL protesters and his tweet directed at Golden State Warriors Steph Curry about going to the White House.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017