The White House Visit is Now More Controversy than Honor

The White House Visit is Now More Controversy than Honor

Should this tradition continue or is it causing more problems?

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A visit to the White House has been a longstanding tradition that has been observed for years by the champion of every major American sport. It was viewed as a significant honor but has now become a divisive topic ever since Trump took office.

Since he was inaugurated, there have been 20 teams in major sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA, college football, men’s and women’s college basketball) that have won championships. However, half of them were either not invited or declined their invitation for their annual visit.

And for the teams that have accepted, individual players turned down the offer for various personal reasons.

The most recent case surrounds the reigning World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox and the alleged division the visit may have caused. Majority of the players on the roster, attended, including President of Baseball Operation, Dave Dombrowski, CEO/President, Sam Kennedy, and principal owner, John Henry.

But the list of those who refused to attend is one that stands out, as it included 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts, starting shortstop Xander Bogaerts, starting third baseman Rafael Devers, starting pitcher David Price, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., pitcher Hector Velazquez, and catchers Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon.

“I made the choice not to go because, as we know, the president has said a lot of stuff about Mexico,” said Velazquez, who is Mexican.

However, manager Alex Cora, mulled on his decision for months before ultimately deciding on abstaining. Cora, 43, hails from Puerto Rico and reportedly felt “uncomfortable” being in attendance because of how the U.S. government dealt with Puerto Rico’s situation in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” Cora said, as he announced he would not be attending the White House celebration of the World Series champion. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”

“I’ve used my voice on many occasions so that Puerto Ricans are not forgotten, and my absence is no different,” Cora said in a statement released the Sunday before the visit. “As such, at this moment, I don’t feel comfortable celebrating in the White House.”

But Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, believes that the president reveled in the disparity.

“Among the many, many sad chapters of Donald Trump is that he relishes in dividing us as a country. I bet he was happy today that he was able to say that the white players were here and the players of color weren’t,” Klain said.

He added: “It’s the kind of division he fosters deliberately. It’s the exact opposite of presidents – Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative – around these kinds of events.”

This division has led to rumblings of clubhouse separation, which the franchise has shot down. You can read more about this story on Fox News.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Should this tradition continue or is it causing more problems?

66% Still huge honor
34% Run its course
61% Still huge honor
39% Run its course
80% Still huge honor
20% Run its course

Still huge honor

Run its course

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