University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Team Declined Trump's White House Invite


President Trump on Friday will host several 2016-2017 NCAA championship teams at the White House.

The University of SC women's basketball team is declining the invitation to celebrate their 2017 NCAA championship at the White House with head coach Dawn Staley issuing a statement Thursday saying the team would not attend the Friday event.

The Gamecocks won their first national championship in April.

Oklahoma's softball team presented President Trump with a glove, and the men's golf team presented him with a golf bag.

Those comments came just a few weeks after President Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the Whtie Hosue because Steph Curry said he didn't want them going. The feud erupted as Trump was lambasting NFL athletes for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

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The Gamecocks won their title in the spring, but the invitation to the White House arrived in November, after other championship teams had been invited, the New York Daily News reported.

Staley has stuck to her guns, stating on Thursday that the squad had finally heard from the White House but would not be attending.

In September, Staley told The Associated Press that the school had been left out in the dark on an invitation. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead", Staley said. The teams will be honored at the White House for their achievements, and then spend the rest of the day sightseeing.

North Carolina's men's basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit. The women's team, led by coach K.J. Kindler, won its second consecutive title over LSU.