Angel Reese indicated the LSU Tigers did not plan to visit the White House to celebrate their championship season. However, her comments were made in vain.
On Friday, star forward Angel Reese stated her intentions to visit the White House with the rest of the LSU Tigers women’s basketball team. Tigers collectively accepted President Joe Biden’s invitation on Thursday. The President also invited the UConn men’s team.
Regardless of political allegiances, it’s nice to see championship-winning teams recognized on the White House front steps. The LSU Tigers deserve the honor and will make the first trip from Baton Rouge to Washington, D.C., since the 2019 LSU football team. But, of course, the prospect of the Tigers women’s basketball team visiting the President was sketchy.
First Lady Jill Biden ruffled many feathers when she suggested the President invite the Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team to the White House. Biden recognizing Iowa’s efforts is understandable, but her comments regarding sportsmanship were odd. Many assumed such was a slight toward Reese, who received a ton of heat for taunting Caitlin Clark during the title game.
Reese did not take kindly to the First Lady’s suggestion.
”[Iowa] can have that spotlight,” Reese said during a podcast appearance. “We’ll go to the Obamas.’ We’ll go see Michelle. We’ll see Barack.”
A White House spokesperson says Jill Biden’s post-game remarks were not meant as a show of disrespect to Angel Reese or LSU.
Reese’s change of heart occurred after the President called to congratulate her for winning the 2023 Women’s NCAA Championship. Biden also spoke with LSU Tigers head coach Kim Mulkey.
“Just going back on it, you don’t get that experience (to visit the White House) ever,” Reese told ESPN on Friday. “I know my team probably wants to go for sure, and my coaches are supportive of that, so I’m going to do what’s best for the team.”
A big reason we love Angel Reese is that she does not sugarcoat her statements. The star forward was widely disrespected by some notable members of the 9.9 million viewers that watched LSU defeat Iowa. Unfortunately, the First Lady’s comments were caught up in the chaos.