UNC national championship team not visiting White House

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UNC national championship team not visiting White House

On Sunday, meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced in a statement that they would be attending the White House, noting that "any agreement or disagreement with a president's politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways".

The Penguins released the statement at 10:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, right as a handful of professional athletes and owners continue to denounce recent comments and tweets Trump has issued regarding the NFL, national anthem protests and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry's now-rescinded invitation to visit the White House with his team. "We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise", the statement read.

During Golden State's Media Day, Curry said he would vote "no" when they meet as a group to decide whether the team will do the traditional champions' trip to Washington or not. "I don't know if we're going to get invited this time".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hit back at Trump's criticism, calling his comments "divisive" and showing an "unfortunate lack of respect". Luther Strange's campaign rally Friday, Trump said team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem.

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"Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers poked fun at Mr. Trump's revoked invitation: "'I don't want to spend the night at your house". Curry was "hesitating", Trump added, "therefore invitation is withdrawn". "That's a total disrespect for everything we stand for".

The NBA did not immediately react to Trump's tweet about Curry.

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"Today is all about celebrating our championship", the team said in a statement to the Guardian. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend past year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers.

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"No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights", said DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director. "I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player's decision not to go".

Trump appeared to be referring to Colin Kaepernick - formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, but now without a team - who a year ago drew national attention for refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to kickoff.

New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch called Trump's National Football League comments "inappropriate" on Saturday.

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