Georgia Bulldogs say no to White House invitation making it 3 straight years of snubs from college champs
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: The University of Georgia Bulldogs football team, who are winners of the national championship, will not be visiting the White House as the proposed date for the visit was deemed "not feasible". The White House had suggested June 12, 2023, as the date to host multiple NCAA championship-winning teams from various sports. However, UGA declined the invitation and issued a statement about it.
"The University of Georgia first received on May 3 an invitation for the Bulldog football team to visit the White House on June 12," read the statement. "Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year. However, we are appreciative of the invitation and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams moving forward," it further read. As a result, it has been three seasons since a college football national champion visited the White House, with the last visit being LSU after the 2019 season.
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University of Georgia Bulldogs football team declines White House visit
Both the universities of Alabama and Georgia were not extended invitations when they won the national titles in 2020 and 2021, respectively, due to Covid pandemic protocols. In response, Georgia's political leaders issued a bipartisan resolution requesting the White House to invite the Bulldogs in 2023, feeling that the team had been snubbed previously. The White House responded and wrote, "The President looks forward to welcoming the Georgia Bulldogs to the White House." Unfortunately, the negotiations between the Biden Administration and Georgia regarding potential dates did not yield an agreement, resulting in the cancellation of the visit.
In contrast, the winners of the NCAA basketball tournaments, the LSU women's basketball team, and the UConn men's basketball team have been invited to a separate ceremony scheduled for May 26. The aftermath of the national title win has not been without challenges for some members of Georgia's football team. Jalen Carter, a star defensive lineman, was involved in a street race that resulted in the deaths of teammate Devin Willock and UGA football staffer Chandler LeCroy. Carter turned himself in to the Athens, Georgia, police in connection with the incident.
Additionally, quarterback Stetson Bennett faced legal issues as he was found publicly intoxicated in Dallas. Despite these challenges, both players were selected in the NFL Draft, with Carter being chosen ninth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles and Bennett being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round.
'That's really sad!'
Internet users were not thrilled by Georgia Bulldogs declining the White House invitation. One user tweeted, "I hate how WH visits for sports champions are now seen as political referendums one way or the other smh." Another added, "Right? Regardless of who is in office, that invitation is an honor. Classless to refuse it."
A third claimed, "Really really sticking it to Trump now aren’t they." A fourth tweeted, "Their loss." "That's really sad. Sports never divides us," read a tweet.
I hate how WH visits for sports champions are now seen as political referendums one way or the other smh.— Trey Felder (@TbirdTr3y_10) May 10, 2023
Right? Regardless of who is in office, that invitation is an honor. Classless to refuse it.— Semo (@SemoTruman) May 10, 2023
Really really sticking it to Trump now aren’t they.— The Failing NY Times (@FormerNewspaper) May 10, 2023
Their loss.— Madonna Genealogy (@MadonnaGenealog) May 10, 2023
That's really sad.— SkipG (@SkipG18) May 10, 2023
Sports never divides us.
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