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Angel Reese and LSU will accept White House invitation from Bidens

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Angel Reese will stand alongside her teammates at the White House, as LSU’s women’s basketball team has accepted the invitation from President Joe Biden to celebrate its national championship. 

LSU confirmed Thursday that it had accepted the invitation, and Reese said Friday on SportsCenter that she plans to attend. This comes after Reese took tissue with First Lady Jill Biden suggesting that runners-up Iowa could also receive an invitation, though she later walked back her comment.

“I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t accept the apology,” Reese said in an interview earlier this week. “Because, you said what you said. You can’t go back on certain things that you say. You felt like they should’ve came because of ‘sportsmanship,’ right? They can have that spotlight. We’ll go to the Obamas.”

When asked if she would attend a White House visit in the same interview, Reese did not commit to an answer.

But on Friday, she confirmed that she would attend alongside her team.

“In the beginning we were hurt — it was emotional because we know how hard we worked all year for everything,” Reese said Friday on SportsCenter.

“You don’t get that experience [to go to the White House] ever … and 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 and we’ve decided we’re going to go. I’m a team player. I’m going to do what’s best for the team … I’m the captain.”

For Reese, the issue runs deeper than Biden simply inviting Iowa, as she doesn’t believe that the same invite would have gone out to LSU had Iowa won instead. 

“I just know if the roles were reversed, there wouldn’t be the same – if we were to lose, we would not be getting invited to the White House,” she said. “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? Like, stuff like that, it bothers me. Because, you are a woman at the end of the day. … You’re supposed to be standing behind us before anything.

“So it’s hard to see things like that and not to comment back on it. But at the same time, I have the platform right now where I can speak out on it.”

A date has not yet been set for the White House visit.