LSU Player Angel Reese Says She Will Visit The White House w/ Her Team Amid Controversy
It looks like Angel Reese has had a change of heart.
LSU star Angel Reese has agreed to go to The White House with her team just days after saying she wouldn’t.
During a recent interview with ESPN, Reese explained why she changed her mind.
“At the beginning we were hurt, it was emotional for us because we know how hard we worked all year for everything and just being able to see that, that hurt us in the moment.”
“Just going back on it, you don’t get that experience ever. 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 if they would like to go, we decide we’re going to go, then we’re going to go.”
“I’m a team player. I’m going to do what’s best for the team. I’m the captain.”
On Sunday (Apr. 2) the Louisiana State University tigers defeated the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 102-85 to win their first NCAA women’s basketball national championship. Traditionally, the national champions would be invited to the White House, however, things became controversial following comments made by First Lady Jill Biden who had suggested Iowa also be invited to The White House despite losing.
Jill Biden said,
“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House; we always do. So, we’ll have LSU come.”
However, this year she offered the losers a spot in the presidential residence for their good sportsmanship. Jill added:
“But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe, I think Iowa should come too, because they played such a good game. Right? So winners and losers, that’s sportsmanship!”
Jill Biden received major backlash for her comments. The First Lady’s press secretary later clarified that she hadn’t meant to disrespect LSU, and that the invitation would be extended to only the winners.
Vanessa Valdivia wrote:
“Her comments in Colorado were intended to applaud the historic game and all women athletes. She looks forward to celebrating the LSU Tigers on their championship win at the White House.”
“The First Lady loved watching the NCAA women’s basketball championship game alongside young student athletes and admires how far women have advanced in sports since the passing of Title IX.”
Following Jill Biden’s initial comments, Angel Reese took to Twitter to slam the double-invitation idea. She retweeted an article with Jill Biden’s comments and said,
” A JOKE”
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