The sports headlines have been dominated in recent days by the responses of various professional athletes to President Donald Trump.
Many NFL players protested over the weekend in the wake of the President's tweets about protesting during the national anthem.
The Golden State Warriors, last season's NBA champions, were going to discuss Friday whether or not to accept their invitation to the White House. When star player Stephen Currry expressed his desire for the team not to go, the President rescinded the offer.
Lost among the headlines was the response of the Pittsburgh Penguins. As the Stanley Cup Champions, they also had a choice to make regarding visiting the White House.
They chose to accept the invitation.
The Penguins released the following statement on Sunday:
“The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships – touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama – and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.
Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.”
The President praised the decision on Twitter:
Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
The Penguins are the two-time defending Cup champions.
They visited the White House last year with President Barack Obama as 2016 champions.