The Seattle Storm won the WNBA championship last week, and they are now using their victory as a chance to virtue signal to leftists.
When asked by reporters about a potential White House visit, the Storm’s star player, four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird, spoke for her team and revealed they had no interest in the honor.
“I’ve been really fortunate to go, and it’s exciting,’ she told reporters shortly after her team won the championship. “You’re going to the White House. I remember first walking into the room to meet President Obama and the aura … it’s insane.”
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“Now, that’s not the case anymore,” she added. “It doesn’t feel exciting. Nobody wants to go. And that’s disappointing because it used to be, like I said, something most athletes would look forward to.”
Despite her words, the Storm team has not been invited to the White House and, in all likelihood, they would not score an invitation. Last year’s WNBA champs, the Minnesota Lynx, were not invited to the White House, either — their coach even cried sexism over it.
“It’s hard not to think that gender is playing a role here because of the consistency with which men’s teams are being invited and celebrated,” Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve told reporters last year.
Keep in mind, the Golden State Warriors, the 2017 NBA Champs, did not go to the White House last year, either. After their team’s top players, including Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, said they did not want to attend, President Donald Trump rescinded their invitation via Twitter.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The WNBA has a history of going political beyond merely White House visits. This season, it donated $5 from each ticket sale to a handful of groups, including Planned Parenthood. In its ad promoting the “Take A Seat, Take A Stand” initiative, it mashed up highlights of the league with footage from the anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington.
It’s also the same league in which Minnesota Lynx players wore shirts showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement during warmups in 2016. As a result, four police officers providing security at the event walked off the job and removed themselves from the list of people interested in working future Lynx games.
And it’s a league that has seen players’ kneeling during the national anthem. Most notably, every member of the Indiana Fever knelt prior to a September 2016 playoff game.
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Since WNBA teams do not have massive fan bases, it seems as though they are trying to carve out a niche among people with left-wing ideals. After all, half of the WNBA’s teams are not even turning a profit, so they are likely in a position to take more risks than most other leagues.
For more on the Seattle Storm’s lack of interest in visiting the White House, check out the video below:
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.