This past week at the White House, President Trump and his staffers and associates hosted the winners of the NCAA championship. He took the opportunity to meet with members of the team from Pennsylvania State and threw a red, white, and blue volleyball up in the air. Also in attendance was the Ohio State University men’s team.
President Trump took a special moment to take a picture with Maryland lacrosse player Dylan Maltz whose originally from Ashburn, Virginia. In the picture, Maltz is seen where a tie celebrating President Trump’s 2016 presidential win. However, despite all the festivities, there were some notable absences. The men’s basketball team from the University of North Carolina and the women’s basketball team from South Carolina were not in attendance.
The Daily Mail reported the following,
“Trump jovially met with other NCAA teams on the South Lawn and various rooms of the White House in their absence on Friday. With the Utah skiing team, he contorted his pointer fingers and thumbs into a ‘U’ shape for their photo together. He and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prayed with the Oklahoma Women’s Softball Team in the White House’s East Room.
A lot of great athletes,’ he told the Maryland Women’s lacrosse team, jesting that the men and women of the school – both of whom were at the top of their respective divisions – should play each other. In the Red Room of the White House, the president plugged the Second Amendment as he met the West Virginia Rifle team.
‘Second Amendment, right? Save the Second Amendment!’ the president said. He also commented that West Virginia has a ‘great governor’ and is ‘doing well.’ The state’s Democratic governor, Jim Justice, announced a party switch to Republican at a Trump rally in the state this past August.”
Because North Carolina and South Carolina were not present it meant that neither of the NCAA basketball champions were present as they had actually won. The Tarheels had released a statement indicating they were fine with going but could not agree on a date with the White House. The statement revealed the following by spokesman Steve Kirschner,
“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.”
However, their coach Roy Williams had indicated that when the team won the championship in 2005 that the administration under George W. Bush did not invite them for a solo event. But instead an event similar to the one hosted by President Trump that was in the style of a cattle call.
Yet in 2009 the team did attend the White House when President Obama was in office. It seems the problem is not a date or an invitation but the person who is president. Because they have no problem attending when a Democrat is in office but they do when there is a Republican in office. Williams had publicly disparaged President Trump saying,
“You know, our president tweets out more bulls*** than anybody I’ve ever seen,.”
Indicating that it is, in fact, the President and not the date the team and coach have a problem with. The women’s team from South Carolina took a somewhat similar but unique stance when they refused to come because it took the White House six months to extend an invitation.
Gamecocks Coach Dawn Staley told the Associated Press the following in September,
“We haven’t gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes. It’s what it stands for. It’s what national champions do. We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow’s event, but we will not be able to attend. As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”
Sports are meant to be a time of happiness and continuity. A time for people to come together and forget all that divides us and enjoy themselves. Yet sports have been disrupted over the last year from their intended and original purpose and it is extremely upsetting. No longer can you turn on the television to watch a simple football game without it turning political, the very thing you are trying to escape when watching a game.
It’s high time to leave politics to the real politicians and sports to the players. When we seem them intermingle it is never a good result. Especially more recently and when it comes to football.
Even though it is not their job it is abundantly clear that it is not the White House, Congress, or the Senate playing politics but these amateur sporting professionals.
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BREAKING NEWS – VONN Is OUT! Makes SHOCKING Announcement
Someday I will understand why people who are known for their physical abilities or for pretending to be something they are not are given a platform to spew their stupidity in our society.
Lyndsy Vonn who no one knew by name just a month ago, other than for being Tiger Wood’s woman a couple of years ago, is now known as the infamous Olympic Skier who recently suffered a minor back injury in Switzerland while preparing for the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea after she told Fake News CNN that she would not visit Trump’s White House upon being invited as a member of the U.S. Olympic team.
Now she is trying to backtrack after the huge backlash she got from all us Freedom Loving Patriots.
As I head to France for the next races, I would like to share with you my reflections from the past few days. I've received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview. The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party. None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same "team.". That does not mean that Olympic athletes don't have political opinions. As an American, I am extremely proud that our great nation was founded on principals and ideals where citizens can express our opinions openly. It is a privilege that some others around the world don't have. I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States. You cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV in Europe without noticing how people are questioning our direction. It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being "anti-Trump." We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country. In doing that, I will be hoping that we Americans can still be that "shining city on a hill."
Don’t you just love it when a moron who knows how to ski well pretends they are a political guru? This woman is very good at what she does, why does she insist on sticking her foot in her mouth is beyond me. And why is the Fake News Network, CNN, asking these idiots if they will visit the White House or not? The White House is a place of business. Not a place to make these athletes with overblown egos feel good. Normal, everyday taxpayers like us don’t get invited to the White House, why should they? Because they know how to throw a damn ball around or go fast? Doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
Lindsey Vonn: ‘I want to represent the US, not Trump’ at Winter Olympics
Olympic champion becomes latest athlete to speak out against Trump
Vonn, 33, says she would turn down traditional invite to White House
American skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest athlete to speak out against Donald Trump.
The most decorated female skier of all time told CNN in an interview that aired Thursday that she wants to “represent the people of the United States, not the president” and would turn down the invitation to the White House traditionally put forth to the entire US Olympic team.
“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” Vonn said. “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
When asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House, Vonn was to the point: “Absolutely not. Nope. I have to win to be invited so – no, actually I think every US team member is invited. So, no, I won’t go.”
Vonn, who turned 33 in October, is preparing for her first Winter Olympics since 2010, when she vaulted to global stardom after capturing gold in the women’s downhill and bronze in the super-G. She missed the Sochi Games four years later while rehabilitating from knee surgery.
The Minnesota native has logged a record 77 career World Cup victories, more than any other woman and second overall to Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. She is a four-time overall World Cup champion and one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined.
Vonn is not the first high-profile athlete to speak out against the Trump administration.
Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama in September, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The fiery rhetoric prompted criticism from dozens of NFL players and even league commissioner Roger Goodell, who said “divisive comments like [Trump’s] demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
That same week Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who in June led the Golden State Warriors to second league title in three seasons, told reporters he supported a snub of the team’s traditional White House visit, earning a stern rebuke from Trump, who withdrew the invitation.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James called the president a “bum” while the Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy went further, calling Trump an “asshole”.
In the CNN interview, Vonn also responded to the IOC’s unprecedented decision to ban Russia’s Olympic Committee from the Winter Olympics, which kick off in Feburary.
“If even a small percentage of that is true I would think the IOC did the right thing,” she said. “Obviously, there are potential athletes that are clean but they have the option now to compete under a neutral flag, which I think is a good solution.
“But doping and what the Russians did is just not acceptable and we have to make that clear. And make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”
Vonn’s final preparations for Pyeongchang hit a minor snag when she crashed out of last week’s season-opening downhill event in Lake Louise, Austria.
So this genius states that she is there to represent Americans, not President Trump. But she forgot President Trump is also an American and he is our president, so her argument is about as stupid as she looks. This is what happens when we as a society engage in hero worship. I hope that for her sake this skiing thing pans out because I’m pretty sure she’s not qualified to do much else.
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BACKSTABBING COWARD Just ATTACKED Trump – He MUST PAY NOW!
No good deed will ever go unpunished!
The now-former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is now saying his decision to thank President Donald Trump for helping with his release from a Chinese jail was forced on him by the university.
LiAngelo Ball and two other players were arrested for shoplifting at three different stores in Hangzhou China a few week ago while visiting for a Basketball tournament. The president then pulled strings for their release from what would have probably amounted to a sentence of 10 plus years of hard labor in a Chinese prison. And in China, prisons aren’t like the ones in America. Prisoners there actually have to earn their keep, they don’t get the best healthcare available and they also don’t get any cable tv or internet access.
The three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting a day before US President Donald Trump’s visit cannot leave their hotel until the end of the legal process, which could last months, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Police are requiring the University of California, Los Angeles, players to remain at their luxury Hangzhou hotel until the legal process is done, which could last days, weeks or even months, ESPN reported, citing unnamed sources.
The three students, freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested Tuesday, according to several media reports. Ball is the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The US State Department and UCLA Athletics officials declined to address how long legal proceedings might take.
A State Department official said the department was aware of reports of three American citizens arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance but had no further comment due to privacy considerations.
The Chinese government reported the incident to US officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said.
Chinese authorities have up to 37 days to decide whether to pursue official approval for an arrest, Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey who researches China’s legal system, told the Los Angeles Times.
An arrest would prompt an investigation that could take up to two additional months before prosecutors bring formal charges, Lewis told the newspaper.
In China, the conviction rate is more than 99 percent and punishment would be based on many factors, including merchandise value, the players’ cooperation and if they appeared repentant, Lewis told the newspaper.
The players were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and released on bail Wednesday, ESPN reported.
Chinese President Xi Jinping led Trump on a private tour of the Forbidden City to kick off his visit Wednesday.
Reached by telephone at his hotel Wednesday, Ball declined to comment. In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball said his son LiAngelo would be fine.
The players will not play in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, UCLA Athletics spokeswoman Shana Wilson said.
The UCLA team arrived in China on Sunday and then traveled to Hangzhou, about three hours by bus from Shanghai, to visit the campus of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., sponsor of the game in China.
LaVar Ball, Ball’s father, who apparently wasn’t able to teach his children not to steal, announced last week that LiAngelo would be leaving UCLA to play professionally in Lithuania along with his younger brother, LaMelo. Good riddance. They also have an older brother, Lonzo Ball, who is currently in his rookie year with the Los Angeles Lakers after playing one year for the UCLA team. Sadly after Liangelo’s apology, LaVar started a feud with Trump, who rightly had called on the outspoken CEO of the Big Baller Brand to also express gratitude for getting his son released from prison.
In what is being coined as a “defiant interview” given last month, Levar Ball refused to thank the president and even went as far as to state “I don’t care and I don’t know. If he said he helped, that’s good for his mind, If you helped, you shouldn’t have to say anything.” This interview happened after Levar said his own people on the ground were the ones who were responsible for his son’s release.
One thing is for certain, no one in the US will be missing this ungrateful hack nor his sons. Lithuania’s deal is our gain. Wonder how long it will take them to get thrown into a Lithuanian prison?
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BREAKING NEWS About Anti-Trump Lindsey Vonn – Her Life Just Ended TODAY!
The last 5 days have been particularly rough for Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn. Ever since she decided to use her public platform to slam our president, she’s suffered the recourse of that really bad decision. She should have learned from the immense fallout in the NFL but refused to. Now, she’s decided to make the final blow to her hard-earned Olympic career with what she did today against the president and accidentally ended it for herself.
Three strikes and you’re out, Vonn. Hope you enjoyed your time in the limelight deviating from the sport to trash a man who has made America great for you to represent in the Olympics. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen now – or ever again.
It’s strange how athletes have no problem using Trump to bring attention to themselves by making such bold public statements, for how much they hate him. What’s even odder, is that they never seem to learn their lesson and can’t stop themselves from slandering him, regardless of the massive ramifications. The latest “victim” of this stupidity is Vonn who just got what she earned when she opened her mouth and said, “Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” according to CNN.
Last Friday, on December 8, Vonn made the first of her very bad inflammatory moves against our president, by aligning herself with the likes of disrespectful NFL stars who completely ruined their sport and the industry with their anti-American antics. Refusing to represent our president in the Olympics, the Gold Medalist alpine skier made a tasteless remark that began her demise. It’s only been downhill from there in a competition against Trump and his supporters that she lost after the final straw today.
Just like sponsors in the NFL fled in droves after major profit losses caused by protesting players, this Olympian is starting to feel the pain of making divisive statements where they don’t belong. After doubling down on her tasteless remark by adding, “I want to represent our country well,” Vonn explained. “I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” one of her biggest sponsors realized what a liability to their business she is.
Fans began to boycott the support of her and her sponsors who pay her a lot of money to represent their brands as a good American. She proved to be a poor sport, which didn’t go over well. 48 hours after making her remarks, she suffered some rather unfortunate – and painful – karma when she was injured on the slopes after finishing the World Cup Super G race in St Moritz. However, karma wasn’t done with her there.
Vonn initiated the third blow to her career that’s going to be hard to come back from after the very divisive athlete took it upon herself to publicly lecture Americans on “unity” and the country’s “direction.” She could have apologized or simply kept her mouth shut in the aftermath of her original statements, but instead tried to act as if she were the President of the United States, and irritated and offended a lot of people.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
On Tuesday Lindsey Vonn took to Instagram to lecture Americans on unity — after dissing the Republican president seven days ago.
Lindsey also felt it necessary to tell Americans how difficult it is for her to watch European media trash our president and America’s direction.
Here’s Lindsey Vonn’s latest statement:
Lindsey Vonn: As I head to France for the next races, I would like to share with you my reflections from the past few days. I’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview. The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party. None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same “team.”. That does not mean that Olympic athletes don’t have political opinions. As an American, I am extremely proud that our great nation was founded on principals and ideals where citizens can express our opinions openly. It is a privilege that some others around the world don’t have. I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States. You cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV in Europe without noticing how people are questioning our direction. It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being “anti-Trump.” We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country. In doing that, I will be hoping that we Americans can still be that “shining city on a hill.”
Let’s also not forget that Vonn is really not in a position to criticize others who she considered to be morally depraved, as one commenter on Breitbart’s story pointed out:
“Nude photo shooting Lindsey who dated drug-addled philandering Tiger Woods now appoints herself a paragon of American virtue? You want to shoot your mouth off and enter politics baby, run for office. You want to suck my tax dollars on the Olympic team and represent me… you keep your mouth shut and focus on skiing, maybe you can win a medal for a change??”
The Olympics is a time and a place where Americans come together and root for the same team. That should have been the message that Vonn shared going into the games, instead of a divisive one. It’s proof that despite their claim of Trump being the divider, they are truly the ones preventing opposing sides from mending as they perpetuate the hate.
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