WNBA champions Seattle Storm say they would decline White House invite
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The Seattle Storm said it has yet to receive an invitation from the White House and it doesn't plan to go anyway, according to the team’s star point guard Sue Bird.

“At this point does it even need to be discussed?” Bird told the Seattle Times Friday. “It’s come up. We pay attention to what happened with Minnesota and not getting invited.”


The athlete was referring to the Minnesota Lynx, which took home the WNBA championship last year and hosted a community service event in Washington, D.C., earlier this year after they did not receive a White House invite from President Trump.

Bird's comments come after the Storm won its third WNBA title Wednesday night against the Washington Mystics.

“It’s a huge disappointment,” the 11-time All-Star said. “[It] used to be something that’s really special and something that was an honor and you look forward to.”

WNBA championship winning teams frequently visited the White House under former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama.

But Bird said that is no longer the case.

"There’s an excitement about it. You’re going to the White House. I remember first walking in to meet President Obama and it’s like — just the aura — it’s insane," Bird continued. "And now it’s, that’s not what the feeling is anymore. It doesn’t feel exciting. Nobody wants to go. It’s totally changed and that’s disappointing because it used to be something that most athletes looked forward to.”

Last year, Trump withdrew an invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors after star Stephen Curry said he didn't want to attend.

Earlier this year, NBA star LeBron James also criticized Trump for not inviting the WNBA champions for a visit to the White House, telling reporters that it was “laughable” for the Minnesota Lynx to be excluded.