In a recent interview with Time Magazine, United States women’s national soccer star Alex Morgan said she has no plans to accept an invitation to the White House if the team wins the World Cup this year.
“I don’t stand for a lot of things the current office stands for,” Morgan said, noting her particular frustration about the administration’s policy of family separation.
“We don’t have to be put in this little box,” Morgan, whose husband’s family hails from Mexico, said. “There’s the narrative that’s been said hundreds of times about any sort of athlete who’s spoken out politically. ‘Stick to sports.’ We’re much more than that, O.K.?”
She isn’t the first athlete to refuse to meet with the current administration. After winning the 2017 NBA championship, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry declined a White House invitation and was later disinvited by President Donald Trump via Twitter.
Defensive end Chris Long also declined an offer to visit Trump after the New England Patriots won the 2017 Super Bowl.
According to the Undefeated, athletes passing up a chance to visit the White House is nothing new. In 1991, Michael Jordan picked a day of golf over a photo op with former President Georgia H.W. Bush. You can find more at theundefeated.com.
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