For the Boston Red Sox, the decision was not terribly controversial. From the moment they won the World Series at the end of October, the players seemed quite certain not to boycott the traditional visit to the White House while Donald Trump was president.
On Monday night, it became official.
Puerto Rican director Alex Cora has asked Trump to do more to help the hurricane-ravaged island, but is still considering attending a White House ceremony, he said on Monday.
"I'm going to use my platform the right way. I will not embarrass anyone, " he said at the premiere of the team's championship documentary. "In fact, I will represent 4 million people in my home the right way when we go there."
The presence, said team president Sam Kennedy, is optional. "As in the past, it's an invitation," Kennedy said. "It's not a mandatory performance, command. It's an opportunity for these guys to get the recognition they deserve for a world championship. "
Attendance at White House events has become an increasingly controversial issue since Trump took over last January. The Houston Astros made their way to the White House in March and most capital cities, the Stanley Cup champions, announced their presence if an invitation was offered.
"We all have our opinions on this. It's a very sensitive issue, "defender Brooks Orpik, one of six Americans on the Capitals list, told The Post. "That's the way things are going these days. If you do not have the same belief as anyone else, then automatically, they think you are wrong and they take it personally, what the policy is not supposed to be like. You are allowed to have a disagreement, but my opinion is that you are supposed to respect the decision of the other person. "
The Philadelphia Eagles' visit was canceled by the White House in June because, said press secretary Sarah Sanders, only a "small" number of players had planned to attend.
"The White House, despite the feeling of lack of good faith, nevertheless tried to work with the Eagles this weekend to change the format of the event to accommodate a smaller group of players," said the House. Blanche in a statement. "Unfortunately, the Eagles have proposed to send only a handful of representatives, while stating that the vast majority of players would not participate in the event, even though they planned to be today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team has decided to give up its fans. "
Several Eagles, led by Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, were among the NFL players who sought to raise awareness of racial injustice and police brutality at pre-match events during the day. 39; national anthem, events that sparked sustained criticism of Trump last year.
The Golden State Warriors, whose players and coach, Steve Kerr, strongly criticized Trump, did not hesitate to visit the venue, and the president quickly canceled any invitation idea after their 2017 championships and 2018.
Cora also spoke openly about Trump, especially when the president questioned a study that would have brought the number of victims of Hurricane Maria to about 3,000. "To be tweeted about 3,000 people and to be effective, Is actually a lack of respect for my country, "said Cora in September. "We see it like that. I know he probably does not feel that way. And as I said, hey, thank you for helping us. He went there, he did what he did. I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think it's more than just politics. "
The manager noted that he respected the president but disagreed with "a lot of things that he says about us. . . You know, 3,000, six, 18 years old. I do not know. We will never know how much, how much we have lost. I hate that people make it a political problem. This concerns human beings. People who have gone through this, they know what happened.
For the Red Sox, all that remains to be done is, as Kennedy said Monday, to find "a date that works".
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