The University of Virginia men’s basketball team will not celebrate its national championship at the White House.
“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said in a statement Friday. “With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation.”
The school beat Texas Tech to win its first basketball national championship in school history.
In a tweet that has since been removed, Hunter retweeted the school’s announcement with the words “No thanks Trump,” and two laughing emojis, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Players Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, Mamadi Diakite and De’Andre Hunter have all declared for the NBA draft.
Last year’s champion, Villanova, did not visit the White House after not being invited for months. In 2017, North Carolina said there were scheduling conflicts and did not go.
This year’s women’s national champion team, Baylor, has accepted an invitation to the White House and will visit Monday.