WNBA champion Storm don't want to visit White House

Storm's Bird says team doesn't want White House invite

'I'm sure [President Trump] is going to say we're not invited anyway, ' Bird further stated to KING 5, 'so it all works out well'.

Bird, 37, visited the White House in 2010 with the Storm and with CT after winning the 2002 NCAA championship.

The invitation doesn't hold the same meaning as it used to, the 11-time All-Star explained.

'I've been really fortunate to go, and it's exciting, ' Bird added. We pay attention to what happened with Minnesota and not getting invited.

Last year, Trump withdrew an invitation for the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors after star Stephen Curry said he didn't want to attend.

After the series sweep on Wednesday though, don't expect them to visit President Trump anytime soon.

Trump canceled a White House visit by the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles after several players criticized him and vowed to stay away.

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"There's an excitement about it", continued Bird. The team was not invited to the White House but instead chose to visit Washington, D.C., and hand out shoes to low-income children. She said the invitation is no longer the honor it used to be.

"For what we stand for in Seattle, and what we stand for in the league, I think it's pretty evident that we don't want to go", Jewell Loyd, a shooting guard, said. They did visit the White House after each of the first two, most recently meeting President Barack Obama in 2010. She said the invitation isn't the same now and it "doesn't feel exciting".

The South Carolina women's basketball team and the North Carolina men's basketball team, both of which won NCAA titles in 2017, declined White House invitations while the 2018 NCAA basketball champions, the Notre Dame women's basketball team and the Villanova men's basketball teams, have not been invited. It's insane. Now, that's not what the case is anymore.

"I think until people see a change it's probably going to be the norm", forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said.

Sports champions have visited the White House for decades, but for the second straight year, the WNBA champion isn't going. "It's disappointing, because it was something most athletes looked forward to".

"We'll see! I'm just trying to enjoy this one [championship]", Bird told Q13 News.

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