Devante Smith-Pelly Says He Would Skip White House Visit Because of “Racist, Sexist, & Gross Comments From Trump”
Following the rescinded invitation of the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, President Donald Trump made sure there would be no issues with the NBA when he stated neither the Golden State Warriors nor the Cleveland Cavaliers would be invited for a visit after the NBA Finals. That statement came after both teams stated they wouldn’t go anyway.
Just days before the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights, reporters wanted to know if anyone on the team would forego a trip to the White House. And sure enough, they found one.
In light of President Donald Trump disinviting the Super Bowl champion Eagles from a ceremony at the White House, Washington winger Devante Smith-Pelly was asked about a possible visit to Pennsylvania Avenue. The Capitals forward did not mince words with his response.
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Smith-Pelly said Wednesday, via ESPN. “Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with. It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.”
Out of all the major sports in America, not many thought they’d see players from the NHL or MLB declining their White House invitations.