On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden pulled a “participation trophy” kind of move by suggesting that both LSU and Iowa should visit the White House to celebrate the Women’s College Basketball National Championship, even though LSU won easily, 102-85.
I think the entire sports-watching world was opposed to the suggestion…
She said in a press conference:
“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do. 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.”
Her press secretary walked the comment back, confirming that they were looking forward to having only LSU visit.
But needless to say, LSU star player Angel Reese wasn’t a fan of the double invite, as she quote tweeted Biden’s statements and responded:
With that being said, Reese made an appearance on the I Am Athlete podcast yesterday, where she continued to push back at the First Lady for her comments:
“If we were to lose, we would not be getting invited to the White House and I remember she made a comment about both teams should be invited because it was sportsmanship.
And I’m like, are you saying that because of what I did? That stuff like that, it bothers me because you are a woman and at the end of the day, White, Black, Mexican, doesn’t matter… you should be standing behind us.”
She went on to say she didn’t accept Jill Biden’s apology and wouldn’t be going to the White House if invited:
“That’s why she wants to come out and apologize but I don’t accept it. I’m not going to lie, I don’t accept the apology because you said what you said.
You can’t go back on certain things you say, you felt they should have came because of sportsmanship, they can have that spotlight, we’ll go to the Obamas. We’ll see Michelle, we’ll see Barack.”
She later added that Jill Biden was going to come to the locker room before the game but LSU declined to meet with her because Joe didn’t have LSU in his bracket (did you see how bad his Men’s bracket was, Angel?)
So, it appears LSU will be without one of their star players if they decide to go to the White House.
You can watch the full conversation below: