Each year, it’s a tradition for the winners of any college national championship, or professional sports championship, to visit the White House and meet the President.
I mean, who can forget the iconic scene of Clemson football players eating a buffet of fast food when they visited the White House after their 2018 national championship?
Of course, the teams can choose whether they want to visit or not.
The Georgia Bulldogs are the current champions, having won the College Football National Championship back in January with an absolute massacre of the TCU Horned Frogs, scoring their second consecutive championship with a 65-7 victory.
But they won’t be attending the White House this year, as they’ve declined President Joe Biden’s invitation to “College Athlete Day” on June 12th.
According to the New York Post, Georgia’s athletic association said in a statement:
“The University of Georgia first received on May 3 an invitation for the Bulldog football team to visit the White House on June 12.
Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year.”
Months back, there were a number of Georgia supporters who were not happy that the team hadn’t been invited sooner.
A bipartisan group of Georgia’s congressional delegation wrote to the White House in January, saying:
“It is our hope that this repeat championship team can join the many teams prior that have been honored by the President.”
Back in February, a President Biden official said that the White House was looking forward to welcoming the team, but the invitation didn’t come until last week.
And now, it looks like they’re not going to accept it anyway.