The defending college football national champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, rejected an offer from Democrat President Joe Biden to visit the White House this year.
In January, Georgia defeated TCU 65-7 to capture its second straight national championship.
“The University of Georgia first received on May 3 an invitation for the Bulldog football team to visit the White House on June 12,” the school said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year.
“However, we are appreciative of the invitation and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams moving forward.”
The Bulldogs didn’t visit the White House after their 2022 national title due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This comes after Jill Biden stirred up some controversy when she floated the idea of inviting Iowa’s women’s basketball team, which had finished second to LSU in the national championship last month.
“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do,” Jill said, as Slay News reported.
“So, we hope LSU will come.
“But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”
LSU star Angel Reese slammed Jill Biden over the comments, saying:
“If we were to lose, we would not be getting invited to the White House.
“Remember she made a comment about how both teams should be invited because of sportsmanship.
“I’m like, ‘Are you saying that because of what I did?’”
BREAKING: Georgia Football has declined its invitation to the White House, per @On3sports. pic.twitter.com/DakAMXSwIc
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) May 9, 2023
Georgia football team declines Joe Biden’s White House invitation https://t.co/rluugZI9gE pic.twitter.com/2NElmJijdU
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) May 10, 2023
According to CBS:
Shehan Jeyarajah notes that June 12 “comes at a time when athletes are in the midst of June workouts with eight new high school recruits expected to be enrolled.
“Additionally, 25 players have left via either graduation, transfer portal or the NFL Draft since the Bulldogs won the 2022 national championship.
“Historically, college football teams tend to visit the White House within months of winning a championship to lessen the amount of turnover expected on a title roster.”
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