Virginia will decline White House invite

The Virginia males’s basketball staff has declined an invite to the White Home.

The staff launched a press release explaining its resolution Friday.

“We have now obtained inquiries a few go to to the White Home,” head coach Tony Bennett mentioned. “With a number of gamers both pursuing professional alternatives or transferring on from UVA, it will be troublesome, if not not possible to get everybody again collectively. We must respectfully decline an invite.”

The Cavaliers gained the nationwide championship over Texas Tech in extra time in early April.

Since then Ty Jerome, Kyle Man and Mamadi Diakite have all declared for the NBA Draft. Man is for certain staying in whereas the opposite two gamers are nonetheless making their choices.

There was no indication Virginia’s refusal has been as a consequence of political causes however there have been some in Virginia encouraging the staff to not attend a White Home go to if the staff was invited.

A petition was began by Virginia alumna Lacey Kohlmoos encouraging the staff to not go to the White Home earlier this month. The petition cited varied problems with violence, together with the 2017 Unite the Proper rally in Charlottesville during which a person drove a automotive right into a crowd of individuals killing one and injuring 28.

The petition factors out President Donald Trump responded to the incident by saying there have been “very nice folks on each side.”

The petition reads: “By accepting a White Home invitation, the staff can be condoning the president’s reprehensible and divisive conduct, which is unacceptable.”

The petition had greater than 10,000 signatures as of April 15.

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